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Construction Complete for Empire Road Bridge


Phillipsburg, PA – The Empire Road (SR 1009) bridge in Morris Township, that’s been under construction as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, is complete and open to traffic. The bridge spans Hawk Run, south of Morrisdale. Replacement of the bridge allows PennDOT to remove it from the state’s structurally deficient list.

The bridge reopened to traffic on Tuesday, November 15 and the detour using Empire Road and Route 53 was lifted. Replacement work was performed by C H and D Enterprises of New Stanton.
The new crossing is longer and wider than the one it replaced and is designed with a 100-year lifespan.
This bridge is referred to as JV-43 and is one of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.
The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impact on motorists. 
To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be found at  
Media contact: Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners: McKenzi Loid, 412-475-5164.
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