King of Prussia, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today reopened the bridge carrying Hares Hill Road over French Creek in East Pikeland Township, Chester County.
Over the last 10 weeks, PennDOT’s contractor worked to rehabilitate the wrought iron through truss bridge by reconstructing damaged and deteriorated wingwalls; reconstructing stone masonry parapets with reinforced concrete; and installing powder-coated brown guiderail to protect the blunt ends of the parapets. In addition, the conserved historic plaque on the outside of the southeast wingwall was re-installed. A plaque commemorating this 2018 rehabilitation was also installed.
Built in 1867, the one-span, single-lane bridge is 105 feet long, 14 feet wide, and carries an average of 4,895 vehicles a day.
The structure is one of nine bridges in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties that PennDOT is repairing under a $7,407,987 improvement project financed by Act 89, the state’s transportation plan.
Structures completed under this project include:
- Morwood Road culvert over a branch of Perkiomen Creek in Franconia Township, Montgomery County;
- Route 232 (Second Street Pike) over a branch of Mill Creek in Wrightstown Township, Bucks County;
- Sugan Road over Cuttalossa Creek in Solebury Township, Bucks County; and
- Old Forty Foot Road over a branch of Skippack Creek in Lower Salford and Towamencin townships, Montgomery County.
The other structures included in this rehabilitation project include:
- Baltimore Pike over Darby Creek in Clifton Heights and Lansdowne boroughs and Upper Darby Township, Delaware County;
- State Road/Lansdowne Avenue over Cobbs Creek in Upper Darby Township, Delaware County, and the City of Philadelphia;
- Wissahickon Avenue over Monoshone Creek in Philadelphia; and
- Ridge Pike over Perkiomen Creek in Collegeville Borough and Lower Providence Township, Montgomery County.
J.D. Eckman, Inc., of Atglen, Chester County, is the general contractor on the bridge improvement project, which is financed with 100 percent state funds. Work on the entire project is expected to be completed in late summer 2019.
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.
A list of weekly road restrictions and PennDOT maintenance operations in the five-county Philadelphia region is available by visiting the District 6 Traffic Bulletin at www.penndot.gov/District6.
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