Construction will begin Tuesday, October 20, on a $7.5 million project to rehabilitate two bridges on Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike) in Atglen Borough and West Fallowfield and West Sadsbury townships, Chester County. The project is scheduled to finish in December.
During construction, Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike) will be closed and detoured between Route 10 (Limestone Road/Church Street/Octorara Trail) and U.S. 30 (Lincoln Highway). Travelers will be detoured over Route 10 (Limestone Road/Church Street/Octorara Trail) and U.S. 30 (Lincoln Highway). Local access will be maintained up to the construction area.
Prior to the start of the bridge construction on Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike), PennDOT upgraded traffic signals and modified intersections along the detour route to better accommodate heavy truck and vehicular traffic.
PennDOT’s contractor will replace the existing pre-stressed concrete beam culvert carrying Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike) over Valley Creek with a new 48-foot long, one-span precast concrete arch culvert. Once completed, the new bridge will have two 11-foot travel lanes and two eight-foot shoulders. The existing bridge, which is posted with a 28-ton weight restriction and a 40-ton restrictions for combination loads, was originally built in 1954.
The rehabilitation of the bridge carrying Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike) over Officer’s Run, which also dates back to 1954, will include the replacement of the superstructure with a 42-foot long, one-span steel beam superstructure.
The bridges, which are located just south of the Route 372 (Lower Valley Road) intersection and stand approximately 850 feet apart, will not be classified as structurally deficient following the completion of construction.
The Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike) bridges carry an average of 13,412 vehicles per day, 27 percent of which are trucks.
J.D. Eckman, Inc. of Atglen, Chester County, is the general contractor on the $7,507,642 project, which is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds.