PennDOT Opens Route 73 Bridge, 2nd In 3 Days

PennDOT Opens Route 73 Bridge, 2nd In 3 DaysSCHWENKSVILLE PA – Good things come into twos, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is proving this week.

On Wednesday (Nov. 16) PennDOT announced it had fully re-opened the Route 29 bridge over Swamp Creek in Lower Frederick. And on Friday afternoon (Nov. 18) – a month ahead of schedule – the agency said it had also re-opened the Route 73 bridge over Perkiomen Creek at the convergence of Schwenksville borough, and Perkiomen and Skippack townships.

The $1.1 million Perkiomen Bridge project got under way on April 25, and was not predicted to be available again until late December. Now happy drivers can abandoned the Route 73 detour they’ve taken for months, and travel comfortably and safely across the span that the state had deemed structurally deficient.

Loftus Construction Inc. of Cinnaminson NJ, PennDOT’s general contractor, rehabilitated the bridge by replacing its deteriorated concrete beams and deck, and repairing support abutments and its drainage system. Roadway approaches to the bridge were also resurfaced. It was one of eight different bridge refurbishments undertaken in Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties at a total cost of $7.5 million. Of them, only three bridges remain to be finished.

The Route 73 bridge was built in 1924. The three-span bridge is 165 feet long, 32 feet wide and carries an average of 12,742 vehicles a day.

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