Shenandoah Bridge Closed Until Inspectors Evaluate
Signs have been posted to alert drivers to a temporary detour, with traffic rerouted to PA 54 and Gilberton Road.
Further information will be available after inspectors complete an evaluation of the condition of the bridge.
The Gold Star bridge is part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. Staged construction started in mid-March on the PA 924 bridge over Kehly Run. The bridge was built in 1949 and averages about 5,500 vehicles a day. The bridge is scheduled to be complete early fall.
Five bridges were completed in Schuylkill County last year. Two bridges will be replaced in 2016.
The bridge projects are part of 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.