King of Prussia, PA – Motorists will encounter lane closures on southbound U.S. 1 between the Newark Road and Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike) interchanges in New Garden Township, Chester County, beginning Monday, August 7, as crews continue rehabilitation of the structurally-deficient bridge carrying southbound U.S. 1 over Church Road, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today. The lane closures will remain in effect through mid-November.
In addition, periodic weekday lane restrictions with flagging remain in effect through mid-October, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, on Church Road between Sherwood Drive and Polo Road for construction activities underneath the U.S. 1 bridge.
Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through these areas because slowdowns will occur.
As part of the rehabilitation, crews are repairing the existing concrete bridge deck using hydro demolition and apply a latex modified concrete overlay; replacing the expansion joint; replacing the existing bearings; and repairing the concrete on the beam ends. The bridge will no longer be structurally deficient following these repairs.
The bridge carrying southbound U.S. 1 over Church Road was built in 1965. The one-span pre-stressed concrete-I beam bridge is 91 feet long, 45 feet wide and carries an average of 15,017 vehicles a day.
The structure is one of 10 bridges in Bucks, Chester and Montgomery counties that PennDOT is repairing under a $5,505,505 project financed by Act 89, the state’s transportation plan.
Over the last month, PennDOT’s contractor completed and reopened the Spring Garden Street Bridge over I-76 in West Conshohocken Borough, Montgomery County, and the bridge carrying Terwood Road over Pennypack Creek in Upper Moreland Township, Montgomery County.
Crews are also currently rehabilitating the bridge carrying University Road over U.S. 1 in Upper Oxford Township, Chester County.
The other six bridges included in this rehabilitation project include:
Work on the entire project is expected to be completed in October 2019.
Loftus Construction, Inc. of Cinnaminson, N.J., is the general contractor on the project which 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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