Bridge Replacements Begin Soon in Schuylkill County

PRESS RELEASE - The Public-Private Partnership (P3) project to rebuild 558 bridges all across Pennsylvania will get under way in Schuylkill County the week of July 6. 

In the Village of Haas in Eldred Township, drivers will see the Creek Road bridge closed where it crosses Mahantango Creek. The bridge was originally built in 1915 and averages 286 vehicles a day. Once the closure occurs all Creek Road traffic will be detoured to Taylorsville Mountain Road and Snyder Road. The detour will be in place until late August. In North Union Township, drivers will see the PA 339/Catawissa Creek Road bridge closed where it crosses Catawissa Creek. This bridge was originally built in 1924 and averages 626 vehicles a day. Once the closure occurs all Catawissa Creek Road traffic will be detoured to Red Light Road and Buck Mountain Road. The detour will be in place until early September.

Signs alerting drivers to the coming closures have already been posted at both bridges. These are the first of three bridges to be replaced in Schuylkill County this year. Another two will be replaced in 2016.

The bridge replacements are part of the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, a Public-Private Partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP) under which PWKP will finance, design, replace and maintain the bridges for 25 years. As part of PWKP, Walsh/Granite JV will oversee construction. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impact on motorists.

To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.P3forPA.pa.gov. Additional information on the project, the team and how to bid on the project can be found at www.PARapidBridges.com.
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