King of Prussia, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today reopened the bridge carrying Rocky Ridge Road over a branch of Tohickon Creek in Richland Township, and the bridge carrying State Road over a branch of Cooks Creek in Springfield Township, following a pair of successful bridge replacement projects in Bucks County.
On Rocky Ridge Road, PennDOT’s contractor constructed a single-span box culvert as well as upgraded all safety features, including installation of new guide rail. In addition, the bridge was widened to accommodate two travel lanes. The new structure is 17 feet long and 25 feet wide.
The new culvert replaces the single-span steel I-beam structure which was built in 1927. That structure was 19 feet long and 16 feet wide, and carried an average of 119 vehicles a day.
On State Road, PennDOT’s contractor replaced the existing bridge with a concrete rigid frame system as well as upgraded all safety features. The new structure is 13 feet long and 29 feet wide.
The new bridge replaces the one-span reinforced concrete slab bridge, which was built in 1912. It was 13 feet long and 26 feet wide, and carried an average of 1,463 vehicles a day.
The replacement of these two bridges was performed under PennDOT’s $11,766,000 project to rehabilitate eight structurally-deficient bridges in Bucks, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and replace six structurally-deficient culverts in Bucks, Chester and Delaware counties.
Later this month, crews will begin work to repair the bridge carrying Grubbs Mill Road over Crum Creek in Willistown Township, Chester County, which was closed in March due to structural damage sustained from impact by a vehicle.
The other bridges/culverts currently under construction include:
• MacDade Boulevard over the Muckinipattis Creek in Glenolden Borough, Delaware County; and
• White Horse Road over a branch of Pickering Creek in Schuylkill Township, Chester County.
Structures completed under this project include:
• Route 282 (Creek Road) over a branch of Brandywine Creek in East Brandywine Township, Chester County;
• Route 113 (Souderton Road) over Mill Creek in Hilltown Township, Bucks County;
• Henry Avenue over Wissahickon Creek in Philadelphia;
• The historic Loux Covered Bridge over Cabin Run on Carver-Wismer Road in Bedminster Township, Bucks County;
• Oxford Valley Road over U.S. 1 in Falls, Lower Makefield and Middletown townships, Bucks County;
• Route 663 (Layfield Road) bridge over Green Lane Reservoir Creek in Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County;
• Edenton Road bridge over Rattlesnake Run in Upper Oxford Township, Chester County;
• Torresdale Avenue bridge over Academy Road in Philadelphia; and
• Route 82 (Doe Run Road) over a branch of Sucker Run in East Fallowfield Township, Chester County.
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. Work on the entire project is expected to be completed in August 2018.
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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