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Hokendauqua bridge opening may be delayed

Thursday, March 12, 2015 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Contractor requests PennDOT approval for postponement

Construction on the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge has hit a snag and the $18 million bridge project may not be completed until December.

Rick Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, confirmed Feb. 28 the tentative new bridge construction timetable from contractor HRI Construction, based in central Pennsylvania.

"It's a setback of 185 days," Molchany said.

Consultants, engineers, inspectors and others are studying HRI's request for the 185-day delay.

"We should have an answer in about two weeks," Molchany noted.

Molchany has not ruled out the possibility of vehicle traffic on the bridge come December.

Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. said the township was informed completion of the bridge "would be in the fourth quarter of 2015."

The brutal winter has posed a problem along with issues relating to pouring cement, officials said.

The construction contract is listed at $15 million and $3 million for design work.

"The county is very upset," Molchany said of HRI's request for the 185-day delay. "We were cruising along with a June opening."

Construction on the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge was to begin 2012. Initially, the bridge was to open October 2014.