King of Prussia, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) this morning reopened all lanes on the bridge carrying Oxford Valley Road over U.S. 1 in Falls, Lower Makefield and Middletown townships, Bucks County.
PennDOT’s contractor worked since November 2016 to rehabilitate the 167 foot-long bridge by replacing two steel beams; straightening four steel beams with the use of high heat; performing full-depth concrete bridge deck repairs; placing a new latex concrete overlay on the bridge deck; and repairing concrete support abutments. The work also included new expansion dams as well as upgrades to Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) components. Following its rehabilitation, the bridge is no longer categorized as structurally deficient.
Some ancillary work remains to be completed, and for that reason, northbound and southbound U.S. 1 is scheduled to close at the Oxford Valley Road Interchange in Falls, Lower Makefield and Middletown townships, Bucks County, from Sunday, August 20, through Friday, August 25, from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM, for shielding removal, painting and cleanup. During the closure, U.S. 1 motorists will exit at Oxford Valley Road and then re-enter the highway at the entrance ramps at the interchange.
Crews began construction on November 14, 2016, to rehabilitate the Oxford Valley Road bridge. The structure remained open to traffic while the contractor repaired structural damage sustained when the bridge was struck by an oversized truck on June 29, 2015.
Built in 1972, the three-span, steel-I beam bridge is 90 feet wide. The structure carries 31,000 vehicles a day.
The bridge carrying Oxford Valley Road over U.S. 1 is the last of four bridges to be completed under PennDOT’s $11,766,000 project to rehabilitate four structurally deficient bridges in Bucks, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and replace six structurally deficient culverts in Bucks, Chester and Delaware counties.
The bridge carrying Route 663 (Layfield Road) bridge over Green Lane Reservoir Creek in Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County; the Edenton Road bridge over Rattlesnake Run in Upper Oxford Township, Chester County; and the Torresdale Avenue bridge over Academy Road in Philadelphia were the other bridges completed under this project.
On June 30, PennDOT reopened the culvert carrying Route 82 (Doe Run Road) over a branch of Sucker Run in East Fallowfield Township, Chester County.
PennDOT’s contractor also will replace deteriorated culverts at the following locations: State Road bridge over a branch of Cooks Creek in Springfield Township, Bucks County; Rocky Ridge Road over a branch of Tohickon Creek, Richland Township, Bucks County; White Horse Road over a branch of Pickering Creek in Schuylkill Township, Chester County; Route 282 (Creek Road) over a branch of Brandywine Creek in East Brandywine Township, Chester County; and MacDade Boulevard over the Muckinipattis Creek in Glenolden Borough, Delaware County.
Work on the entire project is expected to be completed in August 2018.
Loftus Construction, Inc. of Cinnaminson, N.J., is the general contractor on this project that 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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