News for Immediate Release


PennDOT to Close MacDade Boulevard in Delaware County on Feb. 27 for Bridge Rehabilitation

Structurally-Deficient Bridge to Close until November for Rehabilitation

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that MacDade Boulevard will be closed and detoured between Route 320 (Providence Road) and Bullens Lane in Ridley Township and the City of Chester, Delaware County on Monday, Feb. 27 for the rehabilitation of the structurally-deficient bridge over Ridley Creek. The bridge is scheduled to reopen in November 2012.

During construction, MacDade Boulevard through traffic will be detoured over Route 320 (Providence Road), Route 13, and Bullens Lane. Motorists will need to allow extra time when traveling through the area. Local access will be maintained up the construction zone.

Over the next nine months, crews will rehabilitate the bridge by reconstructing the steel superstructure and columns; replacing the concrete bridge deck; constructing retaining walls; repairing support abutments and piers; and installing guide rail.

The seven-span, reinforced concrete T-beam bridge was built in 1934. It is 187 feet long and 543 feet wide. The structure carries 9,862 vehicles a day.

The work is part of PennDOT’s $7,488,752 project to rehabilitate eight bridges in Chester and Delaware counties.

J.D. Eckman, of Atglen, PA, is the general contractor on the project which is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds. Construction on all eight bridges is expected to finish in April 2014.

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

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For more information, visit or call 610.205.6700.

Media contact: Charles Metzger, PennDOT Community Relations Coordinator,


Media contact: Gene Blaum, PennDOT Assistant Press Secretary, 610-205-6800

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