News for Immediate Release

05/17/2013

PennDOT to Build New Route 322 Bridge over Brandywine Creek in Chester County

Route 322 to Remain Open During Construction

KING OF PRUSSIA
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will start construction Tuesday, May 28 on the $4,707,869 project to replace the structurally deficient bridge carrying Route 322 (Brandywine Avenue/Downingtown Pike) over Brandywine Creek in East Caln Township, Downingtown Borough and West Bradford Township, Chester County. The new bridge is scheduled to reopen in summer 2014.

“The new bridge will be a major improvement on several fronts,” PennDOT District Executive Lester C. Toaso said. “Not only will the new structure be stronger and safer for motorists, but bicyclists and pedestrians will be able to safely cross over Brandywine Creek with the addition of a protected sidewalk and pedestrian trail.”

Crews will work over the next 15 months to build a new one span concrete bridge on a new alignment, which will serve motorists and pedestrians for up to 100 years. The new bridge will be 167 feet long with 12-foot-wide travel lanes, a new 8-foot-wide shoulder and an 8-foot-wide sidewalk that will also serve as a bicycle lane for Pennsylvania's Bike Route L. The new bridge will also carry a county pedestrian trail and allow foot traffic to safely cross over the waterway.

During construction, the bridge carrying Route 322 (Brandywine Avenue/Downingtown Pike) over Brandywine Creek will remain open, but traffic between Old Trolley Road and Romig Road will be narrowed to one lane in each direction.

J.D. Eckman, Inc. of Atglen, Chester County is the general contractor on the project, which is financed with 100 percent state funds.

PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to www.511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on major highways before heading out.

You can follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPhilly and Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation.

For more information, visit www.dot.state.pa.us/district6 or call 610-205-6700.

Media contact: Brad Rudolph, Safety Press Officer, 610.205.6798

Source:PennDOT Engineering District 6, King of Prussia, Pa.
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