The “winter weather [is delaying]…completion of [the] new Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge in Springfield Township,” according to a statement issued by Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners.
“The scheduled completion of the new bridge carrying Pennsylvania Avenue (Route 2027) over Sandy Run in Springfield Township…has been delayed until mid-to-late January 2019,” according to the statement. “Cold weather conditions on the work site has adversely impacted the construction schedule. The bridge is currently under construction as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and had previously been expected to be complete in late December 2018.”
According to Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners, “the Pennsylvania Avenue bridge averages…[more than] 12,800 daily vehicles. Built in 1927, the single-span concrete, T-beam bridge will be replaced with a new single-span box beam bridge…[The Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge] is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. ”
“Vehicular traffic – including cars, small trucks, school buses and emergency vehicles – will be maintained in both directions on a temporary bridge until the new bridge is complete,” the statement continued. “Oversized tractor trailers will follow a truck detour around Pennsylvania Avenue by way of Easton Road, Jenkintown Road (Route 2021), Route 152 (Limekiln Pike), Susquehanna Road (Route 2017), Virginia Drive (Route 2024), Delaware Drive, and Commerce Drive.”
“Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work areas because slowdowns will occur,” the statement continued. “In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may still change.”
Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners is the business entity that is working with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to re-build bridges throughout the Commonwealth through the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.
“Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners will finance, design, construct and maintain the bridges for 28-year term,” according to information from the business entity. “The consortium of companies includes: Plenary Group USA Ltd. And Walsh Investors, LLC, [which] are providing financing and long-term management; HDR, Inc., [which] is the lead design firm; Walsh/Granite JV, [which] is a joint-venture team leading construction; and Walsh Infrastructure Management, [which] will provide maintenance for a 25-year period upon completion of the bridges.”
The photographs are provided courtesy of Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners, 2018.