Governor Wolf Announces Rehabilitation Work to Begin on Seven Bridges, including America’s Oldest, in Philadelphia Region
March 09, 2018
King of Prussia, PA – The Wolf Administration announced today that construction is scheduled to begin Monday, March 26, on an improvement project to rehabilitate seven structurally deficient bridges in Philadelphia, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. The first bridge scheduled for construction is the U.S. 13 (Frankford Avenue) bridge over Pennypack Creek in Philadelphia, the oldest bridge still in use in the United States.
“This bridge improvement project includes the rehabilitation and preservation of three bridges listed on the National Register of Historic Places,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “This illustrates our effort to address structurally deficient bridges throughout the state – enhancing the strength, structural integrity, and longevity of these historic structures.”
Beginning Monday, March 26, through the end of August, PennDOT’s contractor will rehabilitate the stone arch U.S. 13 (Frankford Avenue) bridge by removing and rebuilding the north spandrel wall; excavating and replacing of the arch backfill with lightweight concrete; repairing deteriorated concrete along the arch barrel and repointing stone masonry along the arch barrel; reconstructing damaged stone masonry parapet walls; reconstructing the sidewalks; and replacing the bridge barrier with a new crashworthy bridge barrier. The project scope also includes installation of scour protection measures where needed.
The U.S. 13 (Frankford Avenue) bridge will be closed and detoured during construction between Solly Avenue and Ashburner Street. During the five-month closure, U.S. 13 (Frankford Avenue) motorists will be detoured over Rhawn Street, Torresdale Avenue and Linden Avenue. Local access will be maintained up to the construction zone. Detour routes and aids to navigation signs will be posted for pedestrians and recreational users of Pennypack Creek, respectively.
Built in 1697 and reconstructed in 1893, the U.S. 13 (Frankford Avenue) bridge over Pennypack Creek is a three-span stone masonry and concrete closed spandrel arch structure. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the bridge is 73 feet long, 50 feet wide and carries about 14,745 vehicles a day, including the SEPTA’s Route 66 trolley.
The six additional structures scheduled for rehabilitation under this project include the following:
- Bryn Mawr Avenue over Doom Run in Radnor Township, Delaware County;
- Bryn Mawr Avenue over Meadowbrook Creek in Radnor Township, Delaware County;
- Bryn Mawr Avenue over a tributary to Meadowbrook Run in Radnor Township, Delaware County;
- Byberry Road over Southampton Creek in Upper Moreland Township and Bryn Athyn Borough, Montgomery County;
- Greenwood Avenue over a branch of Rock Creek in Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County; and
- Eagleville Road over Eagleville Run in Lower Providence Township, Montgomery County.
Byberry Road over Southampton Creek and Bryn Mawr Avenue over a tributary to Meadowbrook Run are also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Work on the entire project is expected to be completed in late 2019.
Loftus Construction, Inc. of Cinnaminson, N.J., is the general contractor on this $7,220,000 bridge improvement project that is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds.
For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by Act 89, or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.
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