The $2.6 million bridge replacement project along Spring Creek Road in Lower Macungie has reached the halfway point.
A portion of Spring Creek Road between Mill Creek and Trexlertown roads has been closed since March. The bridge that crosses Spring Creek was structurally deficient, according to Ron Young, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The span is an I-beam with a concrete box beam bridge.
The project was initially expected to be completed in October; however, the estimate now is late 2012, Young said. The delays have occurred because of environmental stream restrictions and permits, utility relocations and an unepected railroad bridge abutment that was found to be buried. Final roadway paving may be pushed to 2013, depending on the weather.
The Spring Creek Road Bridge was built in 1937 and was 100 feet long and 26 feet wide. The replacement bridge will be 96 feet long and 33 feet wide. An estimated 5,619 vehicles cross the bridge daily.
Road-Con, Inc. of West Chester, Chester County, is the general contractor on the project. The total cost is $2,618,314.