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Dinniman Announces Upcoming Road and Bridge Projects
WEST CHESTER – May 1, 2017 – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that PennDOT is currently in the process of rehabilitating six bridges in Chester County, among other transportation, highway, and road improvement projects slated for this spring and summer thanks to Act 89.
“We are making great progress on improving our roads and bridges that are in need of repair and safety upgrades both here in Chester County and across the Commonwealth,” Dinniman, who serves on the Senate Transportation Committee and supported Act 89 of 2013, Pennsylvania’s Comprehensive Transportation Funding Plan, said.
Construction is currently underway on the following projects in Chester County:
- The rehabilitation of three bridges in Southern Chester County, including the U.S. Route 1 Bridge over Church Road in New Garden, the University Road Bridge over U.S. Route 1 in Upper Oxford, and the Hayesville Road Bridge over U.S. Route 1 in Lower Oxford. Work on those three bridges is part of a $5.5 million project to improve 10 structurally deficient bridges throughout the region and is slated for completion next spring.
- Additional repairs to the Pa. Route 23 Bridge over the French Creek in Phoenixville, East Pikeland, and Schuylkill Townships. Initial work on that bridge rehabilitation was completed last year. Currently, crews are working to rehabilitate the box beam and other structures. That project is slated for completion this fall.
- The deck and substructure replacement of the U.S. Route 202 bridges over the Amtrak railway in West Whiteland and East Whiteland Township. That project is estimated to cost $26 million and is slated for completion in 2019.
- The replacement of the State Road Bridge over the Elk Creek in Elk Township. This $1.8 million project also involves the reconstruction of associated roadway approaches, as well as guide rail and drainage improvements. Work is expected to begin this spring and be completed early next year.
- Safety improvements at the intersection of Pa. Route 41 and Newark Road in New Garden. The project calls for the addition of left-turn lanes on the Newark Road approaches to Pa. Route 41 and the retiming of traffic signals. It is estimated to cost $1.6 million and is slated for completion this spring.
- Ramp adjustment at the U.S. Route 422 and First Avenue interchange in Tredyffrin, and other improvements between the Pa. Route 23 and Pa. Route 363 interchanges near Valley Forge National Historic Park. This work comes as part of a larger project to restore the U.S. Route 422 Betzwood Bridge over the Schuylkill River.
Other upcoming projects are as follows:
- The replacement of the structurally deficient Chestnut Street Bridge in Downingtown and East Caln. The existing 212-foot, two-lane bridge and shoulders will be replaced with improvements to the vertical crest.
- The replacement of the Boot Road Bridge over Amtrak in East Caln. The project calls for replacing the bridge superstructure and reconstructing the associated railway approach, in addition to guide rail and safety improvements.
- The replacement of the Watermark Road Bridge, a structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridge, over Muddy Run in Upper Oxford.
- The widening of Newark Road at Hillendale Road in New Garden. Newark Road will be widened to add a left turn lane for southbound Newark Road turning onto Hillendale. In addition, the shoulders will be widened to improve sight distance.
“All of these projects mark important investments in our local economy, traffic safety, and transportation infrastructure,” Dinniman said. “It’s particularly rewarding to see work scheduled to begin on the Chestnut Street Bridge in Downingtown, which dates back to 1927 and is currently limited to one truck at a time due to weight restrictions. I personally worked to bring PennDOT officials to visit that bridge, which remains an important thoroughfare for daily commuters and trucks from nearby industries and businesses, like Victory Brewing Company.”
The size of PennDOT’s construction and highway budget has been bolstered by Act 89, which also increased payments to municipalities for their road and bridge systems by more than $100 million a year.
Due to these additional resources, PennDOT has made great strides in reducing the backlog of structurally deficient bridges statewide from a high of 6,034 to 3,486 (as of March 31, 2017) and regionally from 604 structurally deficient bridges in 2007 to 442 bridges today.
Of Chester County’s 664 state-owned bridges, 106 are rated as structurally deficient.
According to PennDOT, being rated structurally deficient means that the bridge has deterioration to one or more of its major components, but is safe for traveling.