Borough bridge work gets underway
The first sign went up July 16. The closing became official July 23. The bridge replacement is now delayed until July 30.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, after promising a new bridge over Catasauqua Creek, came in with a crew that can get it done.
The project is in three phases, starting with utility replacement and then moving to the eastbound lane. The span is closed between Pineapple and 10th streets.
Catasauqua Emergency Management Agency warns drivers to expect delays and use caution in the area.
According to the borough’s emergency management agency, eastbound traffic will be directed to follow a detour along Lehigh Street, North Dauphin Street, North Irving Street, American Parkway and Airport Road.
State road closures require that detoured traffic remain on state roads.
Westbound traffic will be closed later in the process and will need a new detour plan. Thinking is that the westbound lane construction happens around Thanksgiving.
The total project has an expected completion date in March.
Utilities were moved earlier in the process, and crews are installing sewer lines as a first step. The highway was open most of the working day July 23 with lanes controlled by flaggers. Full access was available during the evening.
The bridge closes down to one lane July 30 as contractors remove the pavement.
The new bridge will have prefabricated concrete beams with embedded steel pipes.
According to a news release from PennDOT, replacement of the bridge will remove it from the list of structurally deficient bridges in Lehigh County. It is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.