Digital Reporter – Jeff Bohen
Construction is scheduled to begin in September to repair the bridge carrying Big Oak Road over Interstate 295 in Middletown Township, The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced this week.
The work is scheduled to begin on September 19 with Big Oak being closed from Harpers Crossing to Hickory Lane with the project scheduled to be completed by late October, officials said.
Motorists during the bridge closure will be directed to use Oxford Valley Road, Heacock Road, Stony Hill Road, Langhorne Yardley Road, and Township Line Road.
Local access will be maintained up to the construction zone.
PennDOT’s contractor will rehabilitate the structure over I-295 by adding concrete overlay to the bridge deck; performing concrete substructure repairs; replacing and resealing the bridge deck joints; installing scour rock protection; and milling and paving the roadway.
Built in 1967, the Big Oak Road bridge over I-295 carries an average of 8,126 vehicles a day. The bridge is 210 feet long and 37 feet wide.
The structure is one of eight bridges in Bucks, Chester, and Montgomery counties that PennDOT is repairing under a $4,475,284 project financed with 100 percent state funds.
Structures currently under construction in the county include
- Stonybrook Road over Jericho Creek in Upper Makefield Township, Bucks County; and
- South Sugan Road over Aquetong Creek in New Hope Borough, Bucks County.
Road-Con, Inc. of West Chester, Chester County, is the general contractor on the bridge improvement project. Work on the entire project is expected to be completed in late 2020.