|The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will host an Open House Plans Display for the upcoming project to rehabilitate the structurally deficient Route 152 (Limekiln Pike) Bridge over Little Neshaminy Creek in Horsham and Montgomery townships, Montgomery County on Tuesday (Dec. 14) at 7 p.m.|
The Open House meeting will be held at the Horsham Township Community Center at 1025 Horsham Road in Horsham.
Representatives from PennDOT and its project team will meet with citizens, present details on the project and discuss the proposed plan to rehabilitate the historic stone-arch bridge that was built in 1838 and upgraded in 1969.
PennDOT is presently preparing engineering plans for the rehabilitation of the two-span, two-lane structure that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Construction is expected to start in summer or early fall 2011.
The proposed improvement plan consists of rebuilding the walls on the arch structure; replacing the bridge deck; placing a stone veneer on the parapets utilizing stone from the existing bridge; reducing the length of a wing wall at the northwest corner of the bridge to enhance driver sight distance; re-pointing the masonry stone structure; and installing new guiderail.
Last May, the bridge was restricted to one southbound lane of traffic due to severe structural deterioration of the spandrel wall, which is on the arch and rises up to the deck. Northbound Route 152 (Limekiln Pike) traffic is currently being detoured over Route 463 (Horsham Road), Kenas Road and County Line Road.
The bridge, which is posted with a five-ton weight restriction, is 43 feet long and 26 feet wide. It carried 9,200 vehicles a day prior to being restricted to southbound-only traffic.