WEST CHESTER (December 4) – State Senator Andy Dinniman and PennDOT this week announced the reopening of Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike) following the expedited replacement of two structurally deficient bridges in Atglen Borough and West Fallowfield and West Sadsbury townships.

The $7.5 million project involved the replacement of the bridge carrying Route 41 over Valley Creek and the rehabilitation of the bridge carrying Route 41 over Officer’s Run. Construction on the project, completed by J.D. Eckman, Inc., began October 20.

Dinniman praised PennDOT officials for their preparation and foresight in assembling an expedited construction schedule and completing the project on time with a minimal impact on residents and commuters. He also recognized local police departments for their role in directing detours and helping ensure traffic flowed safely.

road-867991_1280“I want to thank everyone who worked on this job for getting Route 41 done in 41 days. This project required advance planning and precise management to ensure that it was completed quickly and on time,” he said. “And I appreciate PennDOT’s responsiveness in working with local officials and police.”

PennDOT officials closed both bridges, which date back to 1954, during the work in order to accelerate the construction and complete the project on schedule. Under the project, workers replaced the bridge over the Valley Creek with a new 48-foot long one-span precast concrete arch structure. The new bridge has two 11-foot travel lanes and two 8-foot shoulders.

At the same time, crews replaced the deteriorated beams and deck of the bridge carrying Route 41 over Officer’s Run 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, stand approximately 850 feet apart. According to PennDOT, they carry an average of 13,412 vehicles per day, 27 percent of which are trucks.

Following the completion of construction, they are no longer classified as structurally deficient.

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