WEST CHESTER (October 2, 2018) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that two bridges in Chester County will be replaced.
“We continue to make progress in repairing and replacing our deteriorating bridges,” Dinniman, who serves on the Senate Transportation Committee, said. “These investments are not only a matter of public safety, they’re also vital to the success of our local transportation infrastructure and the growth of our economy.”
- In West Pikeland Township, the existing bridge over the Pickering Creek will be replaced with a two-lane bridge. PennDOT recently awarded nearly $1.2 million for the project, which includes raising the Horseshoe Trail roadway and widening the waterway opening to prevent the frequent flooding that is currently an issue.
- In East and West Bradford Townships, PennDOT will replace the bridge that carries U.S. Route 322 (Downingtown Pike) over the east branch of the Brandywine Creek. The project is driven by the need to replace the existing steel beam bridge that was built in 1929 and is in poor condition. It is deteriorating and no longer meets current design standards. PennDOT recently awarded a $5.8 million contract to Allan Myers LP of Worcester for the new two-span, concrete beam bridge. The structure will be constructed downstream of the existing crossing on a new alignment extending from the intersection of Route 322 and Sugars Bridge Road to the intersection of Route 322 and Skelp Level Road. Construction is expected to begin this fall and finish in the spring of 2020.
The West Pikeland project is funded by Pennsylvania’s Multimodal Transportation Fund, created by Act 89 of 2013.
The East and West Bradford project is financed with federal funds.
In 2008, Pennsylvania had more than 6,000 state-owned bridges rated “structurally deficient.” That number has been cut in half, to 3,098, including repairs and replacements on more than 1,600 bridges between 2015 and 2017, according to PennDOT.