|The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation today announced that northbound and southbound Lower State Road will be closed and detoured between Bristol Road and Tamened Avenue in Doylestown Township, Bucks County beginning Monday, Jan. 9 for bridge replacement. Northbound Lower State Road was closed April 18, 2011. |
The project was originally scheduled to finish in Aug. 2012, but the completion date was pushed back to June 2013 due to utility and construction delays due to the Route 202 Parkway project. With a total closure the new bridge is expected to open in Dec. 2012.
“We decided that it would be better to close Lower State Road to expedite the completion of the new bridge,” PennDOT District Executive Lester C. Toaso said. “The project was delayed by utility relocation issues and Lower State Road being used as a detour for a section of the Route 202 Parkway project.”
During construction, northbound and southbound Lower State Road through traffic will be detoured over Bristol Road, Route 202 (Butler Pike) and Tamened Avenue. Local access will be maintained up to the construction zone. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the area.
Crews are replacing the existing five-span, reinforced concrete T-beam bridge with a new three-span, composite pre-stressed concrete I-beam structure.
The current bridge, which was built in 1930, is 24 feet wide and 212 feet long. The new structure will be 40 feet wide with two travel lanes and two shoulders. The bridge carries 13,543 vehicles a day.
J.D. Eckman, Inc. is the general contractor on the $3,475,417 project that is financed with 100 percent state funds.
PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to 511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on major highways before heading out.
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For more information, visit www.dot.state.pa.us/district6 or call 610.205.6700.
Media contact: Charles Metzger, PennDOT Community Relations Coordinator, 610.205.6801.