King of Prussia, PA – Construction is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 21, on a project to rehabilitate the bridge carrying Thatcher Road over Kimples Creek in Haycock Township, Bucks County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today. The bridge is expected to reopen in late July.
Due to the nature of the repairs, Thatcher Road will be closed and detoured between Old Bethlehem Road and Covered Bridge Road. Thatcher Road motorists will be directed to use Old Bethlehem Road, Mountain View Drive and Route 313 (Dublin Pike).
Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the construction area because slowdowns will occur. The work schedule is weather dependent.
As part of the bridge rehabilitation, crews are repairing the existing concrete bridge deck using hydro demolition and applying a latex modified concrete overlay; resealing the existing deck joints at the abutments; performing concrete repairs to the substructure; replacing bridge railing; installing guiderail; and milling and paving the bridge approaches.
The Thatcher Road bridge over Kimples Creek was built in 1972. The one-span, prestressed concrete spread box beam bridge is 55 feet long, 48 feet wide and carries an average of 996 vehicles a day.
The structure is one of 11 bridges in Bucks, Chester and Montgomery counties that PennDOT is repairing under a $5,505,505 project financed by Act 89, the state’s transportation plan.
Structures completed under this project include:
• Farmington Avenue over Route 100 (Pottstown Pike) in Upper Pottsgrove Township, Montgomery County;
• Gypsy Lane over Interstate 76 in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County;
• Northbound U.S. 1 over Church Road in New Garden Township, Chester County;
• Southbound U.S. 1 over Church Road in New Garden Township, Chester County;
• Cowpath Road over Perkiomen Creek in Salford and Franconia townships, Montgomery County;
• Township Road over U.S. 1 in Lower Oxford Township, Chester County;
• University Road bridge over U.S. 1 in Upper Oxford Township, Chester County;
• Spring Garden Street bridge over Interstate 76 in West Conshohocken Borough, Montgomery County; and
• Terwood Road bridge over Pennypack Creek in Upper Moreland Township, Montgomery County.
The remaining bridge included in this rehabilitation project includes:
• Thatcher Road over Tohickon Creek in Richland Township, Bucks County.
Work on the entire project is expected to be completed in October 2019.
Loftus Construction, Inc., of Cinnaminson, N.J., is the general contractor on the project which is financed with 100 percent state funds through Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation plan.
For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by Act 89, or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov
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