UPPER HANOVER PA – Construction is scheduled to begin Monday (Nov. 14, 2016) on the Route 663 (Layfield Road) bridge that crosses the west branch of the Perkiomen Creek in Upper Hanover Township. Crews working for the state Department of Transportation will refurbish the five-span structure by replacing its bridge deck.
The bridge will be closed and traffic detoured around it through August 2017; 663 will be closed between Kutztown Road and Schoolhouse Road. The posted detour will take through traffic over Routes 29 (Gravel Pike), 100, and 73 (Big Road), PennDOT said.
Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the construction areas. Slow-downs may occur, it added.
The 663 bridge repairs are among five projects being conducted during 2017 and 2018 under what PennDOT calls “the Rapid Bridge Replacement” program. A private company, Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners, is paying to finance, design, replace and maintain the bridges for 25 years. In return, under a contract with the state, it receives payments either from existing revenue sources or through the collection of new tolls or user fees.
This “private-public partnership,” as it’s known, “will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impact on motorists,” according to the state.
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