Brandywine Creek Road spans are scheduled for rebuilding
Brace yourself for bridge-related delays and detours: Construction will begin Monday, March 4, to rehabilitate the structurally-deficient Brandywine Creek Bridges over Buck and Doe Runs in Newlin Township, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) said in a news release.
Brandywine Creek Road will be closed to through traffic during construction. Motorists will be detoured over Strasburg Road and Stargazer Road. Local access will be maintained up to the construction zone. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the area. The road is scheduled to reopen in July.
“We are rebuilding these two structurally-deficient bridges to provide Brandywine Creek Road motorists with safe, sound bridges for decades to come,” PennDOT District Executive Lester C. Toaso said.
According to PennDOT, the one-span, stone masonry arch bridge was built in 1937. The structure is 68 feet long and 19 feet wide. Crews will improve and strengthen the bridge by removing the existing earth fill above the arch barrel and replacing it with reinforced concrete. The plan also includes the installation of guide rail.
The two-span, steel I-beam bridge over Buck and Doe Runs also dates back to 1937. The structure is 72 feet long and 21 feet wide. The weight-restricted bridge, posted with a 30-ton limit, carries 251 vehicles a day. Crews will reconstruct and repair the substructure, replace steel stringer with concrete beams, and reinforce the concrete bridge deck. They will also repair the support abutments and bridge piers. Once the bridge repairs are completed, the bridge will not be weight-restricted, PennDOT said.
In other PennDOT news, motorists traveling on Rts. 202 and 401 in East Whiteland Township will encounter lane closures this week as part of the project to widen and rebuild 6.5 miles of Rt. 202 from the Rt. 30 interchange in East Whiteland Township to just south of the Swedesford Road interchange in Tredyffrin Township.