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PennDOT to Repair Rt. 23 Bridge Northeast of the City of Lancaster; East Walnut Street span over Conestoga River to be restricted through April 2019

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​Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that on Wednesday, June 27, weather permitting, its contractor will set channelizing devices restricting travel to a single lane in each direction as crews begin to repair the deck and superstructure of the bridge that carries Route 23 over the Conestoga River between Pleasure Road and the ramp for U.S. Route 30 East at the City of Lancaster-East Lampeter Township Line in Lancaster County. The existing eight-span, pre-stressed concrete spread box beam bridge was built in 1992.

PennDOT awarded the $1,085,721 contract on April 20, 2018, to J. D. Eckman, Inc. of Atglen, Chester County. Work includes minor concrete superstructure and substructure repairs, concrete bridge deck repairs, bridge deck resurfacing with a polyester polymer-modified concrete overlay, and new guiderail, signs and pavement markings.

Pennsylvania has some of the oldest bridges in the country, with their average age over 50 years. Preventative maintenance is extremely important in extending the life a structure. PennDOT inspects most state bridges at least once every two years. Based on inspection results or structural needs, PennDOT schedules bridge replacements or structural repairs to steel or concrete components.

PennDOT advises motorists that Route 23 will be restricted to a single lane in each direction over ​the Conestoga River until April 2019 while the bridge deck is repaired. Work under this construction contract is scheduled to be completed in April 2019.

This portion of Route 23, locally know as East Walnut Street, averages more than 16,300 vehicles traveled daily. To avoid delays, travelers should allow for additional time in their plans or seek an alternate route.

Motorists are reminded to be alert for these operations, to obey work zone signs, and to slow down when approaching and traveling through work zones, not only for their safety, but for the safety of the road crews.

Construction to Begin on Route 462 Bridge over Little Conestoga Creek

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​Harrisburg, PA – Construction on the bridge carrying Route 462 (Columbia Avenue) over Little Conestoga Creek in East Hempfield, Lancaster and Manor townships, Lancaster County, is scheduled to begin during the week of July 9 as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.
During full replacement of the bridge, Route 462 (Columbia Avenue) between Stone Mill Road and Jackson Drive will be reduced from three to two travel lanes (one lane in each direction). The bridge will be replaced using stage construction – i.e., one-half of the bridge will be demolished and rebuilt while the other half carries traffic. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work areas because slowdowns will occur. Construction is anticipated to be complete by the end of 2018.
In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change.
This bridge is referred to as JV-259 and is one out 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.

Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike) Overnight Lane Restrictions Scheduled for Paving in Chester County

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King of Prussia, PA – Overnight lane restrictions are scheduled on Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike) from the Delaware state line to the U.S. 1 Interchange in Avondale Borough and New Garden and London Grove townships, on Sunday, June 24, through Thursday, June 28, from 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM, for paving operations as part of an improvement project to repair and resurface 26 miles of state highway in Chester County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work zone because slowdowns may occur. The contractor’s schedule is dependent on the weather.

State highways completed under this resurfacing project include:

• Route 472 (Lewisville Road/Hickory Hill Road) between Route 841 (Chesterville Road) and Freese Road in Elk and East Nottingham townships;
• Street Road between the Octoraro Creek Bridge and Homeville Road in Upper Oxford Township;
• Valley Forge Road between Route 252 (Valley Forge Road) and the Montgomery County line in Tredyffrin Township;
• Worthington Road from Newcomen Road to the Uwchlan Township line in West Pikeland Township;
• Wagontown Road between Lyons Head Drive and Hatfield Road in West Caln and West Brandywine townships; and
• Route 340 (West Kings Highway) between Route 10 (Compass Road) and Business U.S. 30, in West Caln, West Brandywine, Caln and Valley townships.

Additional state highways scheduled for resurfacing under this contract include:

• Route 52 (Lenape Road) between Route 926 (Street Road) and Lenape Unionville Road, in Pennsbury, East Marlborough and Pocopson townships; and
• Main Street/Green Street/Swan Road/Upper Valley Road from Route 372 (Main Street) to the Atglen Borough line.

Under this improvement project, PennDOT is milling the existing roadway surface and repaving the state highways with new asphalt. The new pavement will seal the roadways and provide motorists with a smoother riding surface.

Allan A. Myers, LP, of Worcester, Montgomery County, is the general contractor on the $6,262,777 project, which is financed with 100 percent state funds from Act 89, Pennsylvania’s Transportation Plan.

Work on the entire project is expected to be completed this summer.

Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike) Overnight Lane Restrictions Scheduled for Milling in Chester County

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King of Prussia, PA – Overnight lane restrictions are scheduled on Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike) from the ramps at the U.S. 1 Interchange to Route 10 (Limestone Road) in London Grove, Londonderry and West Fallowfield townships, on Sunday, June 24, through Thursday, June 28, from 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM, for milling operations as part of an improvement project to repair and resurface 40 miles of state highway in Chester County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work area because slowdowns may occur. The contractor’s schedule is dependent on the weather.

State highways completed under this resurfacing project include:

• Route 52 (Lenape Road) between Route 926 (Street Road) and Creek Road in Pennsbury, Pocopson and Birmingham townships;
• Route 82 (Doe Run Road) from east of Tapeworm Road to Strasburg Road in West Marlborough and East Fallowfield townships;
• Strasburg Road between Route 372 (Valley Road) and Route 82 (Doe Run Road) in Sadsbury and East Fallowfield townships; and
• Chadds Ford Road/Creek Road between the Delaware state line and the Delaware County line in Pennsbury Township.

Additional state highways scheduled for resurfacing under this contract include:

• Route 472 (Hickory Hill Road/Market Street/Lancaster Avenue/Lancaster Pike) between Freese Road and the Lancaster County line in East Nottingham and Lower Oxford townships and Oxford Borough;
• Saginaw Road between Route 472 (Hickory Hill Road) and Big Elk Creek in East Nottingham Township;
• Cypress Street/Baltimore Pike/State Street from west of Thompson Road to west of Mill Road in New Garden and Kennett townships;
• Route 352 (North Chester Road/Sproul Road) between Route 3 (West Chester Pike) and U.S. 30 (Lancaster Avenue) in Westtown, East Goshen and East Whiteland townships;
• Northbrook Road between Brandywine Drive and Route 842 (Unionville Wawaset Road) in West Bradford and Pocopson townships;
• 5th Avenue/Elm Street/Black Horse Road/Black Horse Hill Road between Business U.S. 30 (Lincoln Highway) and Caln Road in the City of Coatesville and Valley and Caln townships; and
• Faggs Manor Road between Route 926 (Street Road) and Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike) in Londonderry Township.

Under this improvement project, PennDOT is milling the existing roadway surface and repaving the state highways with new asphalt. The new pavement will seal the roadways and provide motorists with a smoother riding surface.

Allan A. Myers, LP, of Worcester, Montgomery County, is the general contractor on the $7,959,000 project, which is financed with 100 percent state funds from Act 89, Pennsylvania’s Transportation Plan.

Work on the entire project is expected to be completed in October 2018.

Route 82 (Creek Road) Bridge Closed Indefinitely in Kennett Township, Chester County

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King of Prussia, PA – The bridge carrying Route 82 (Creek Road) over East Branch of Red Clay Creek in Kennett Township, Chester County, is closed indefinitely due to serious deterioration of the beams, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

Route 82 (Creek Road) will be closed near the intersection of Old Kennett Road until PennDOT bridge engineers can examine the damage and develop a plan to rehabilitate the structure.

During the closure, Route 82 (Creek Road) motorists are advised to follow the detour of Old Kennett Road, Bayard Road and Hillendale Road.  Local access will be maintained up to the bridge closure.

The two-span steel I-beam bridge was originally built in 1938 and reconstructed in 1974. Prior to its closure, the structure had been posted with a weight limit of 17 tons and a combination weight limit of 23 tons.

The bridge, which is categorized as structurally deficient, is 50 feet long, 24 feet wide and carries an average of 3,482 vehicles a day.

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Media Road to Close Saturday for Pipe Replacement in East Nottingham Township, Chester County

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King of Prussia, PA – Media Road is scheduled to close between Pugh Road and Fisher Road in East Nottingham Township, Chester County, on Saturday, June 30, from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM for pipe replacement, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.
During the closure, motorists are advised to follow the detour of 5th Street and Route 472 (Hickory Hill Road/Market Street). Local access will be maintained up to the work zone. The operation is weather dependent.
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