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PennDOT Wins Preservation Awards for Two Historic Bridges in Philadelphia


King of Prussia, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is the winner of two 2017 Preservation Alliance Grand Jury Awards for the rehabilitation of the historic Walnut Lane Bridge over Wissahickon Creek and the Adams Avenue Bridge over Tacony Creek in Philadelphia.

“We are honored to receive these distinguished awards as it recognizes PennDOT’s commitment to restoring and preserving historical bridges that are treasured by neighboring communities and vital to our transportation network,” PennDOT District 6 Executive Kenneth M. McClain said. 
PennDOT rehabilitated the 110-year-old six-span Walnut Lane bridge in 2016 by replacing the deck, sidewalk, sidewalk supports and balustrade railing; repairing the concrete arch, support abutments and piers to match the architectural line and texture of the existing abutments and piers; and installed new lighting.
Work on the structurally-deficient stone-arch Adams Avenue Bridge, which was built in 1901, included repairing and strengthening the three-span structure by resetting and repointing stones and reconstructing portions of the stone masonry walls; removing fill inside the structure and replacing it with lightweight concrete; repairing bridge foundations; rebuilding existing wing walls that extend from the support abutments; widening the right turn lane onto Crescentville Road to improve traffic flow through the intersection; and installing scour protection around the support abutments and piers. This work was performed in 2016.
Joining PennDOT in the receipt of the awards are the project designer for the Walnut Lane Bridge, TranSystems Corporation, and the general contractor, Buckley and Company, Inc. of Philadelphia; and Alfred Benesch and Company, the project designer for the Adams Avenue Bridge, and the general contractor, Loftus Construction of Cinnaminson, N.J.
Construction on the $14.7 million Walnut Lane Bridge project was financed with 100 percent federal funds, while 100 percent state funding financed the rehabilitation of the Adams Avenue Bridge.
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