Pine Hill Road Bridge in Spring Township Open to Traffic

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Construction to be complete after Overlay Surface is applied to Bridge Deck

Harrisburg, PA – The Pine Hill Road bridge, which spans Baken Creek in Spring Township, Perry County, reopened to traffic at about 5 PM yesterday (Tuesday, Nov. 22). Though Pine Hill Road is a township road, the bridge is owned and maintained by the state. This bridge was replaced as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and allows PennDOT to remove it from the state’s structurally deficient list.

With the bridge reopened to traffic, motorists may notice a slight bump as they drive across the bridge until a polyester polymer concrete (PPC) overlay is applied to the deck. This is often the final step in completing box beam bridge projects. The PPC overlay is designed to protect the deck from the wear and tear brought about by Pennsylvania’s harsh winters and reduce the long-term maintenance costs.

The polyester material can only be applied when temperatures are consistently above 40 degrees, dry weather is forecasted and after the bridge concrete has cured for at least 30 days. Flaggers will assist in guiding alternating bi-directional traffic when the PPC overlay is applied in the spring of 2017.

This bridge is one of 558 bridges being replaced statewide under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach allows PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant financial savings and minimizing impact on motorists.

To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, visit www.PARapidBridges.com. On the website, the Pine Hill Road bridge is labeled as JV-293. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project. Replacement work for this bridge was performed by CH & D Construction.

Additional information about public private partnerships in Pennsylvania can be found at: www.P3forPA.pa.gov.

Also, the Stoney Hill Road (SR 2020) bridge, which spans Big Beaver Creek in Eden Township, Lancaster County, reopened to traffic at around 5:20 PM yesterday (Tuesday, Nov. 22). Stoney Hill Road is officially designated as State Route 2020. This bridge was replaced as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

With the bridge reopened to traffic, motorists may notice a slight bump as they drive across the bridge until a polyester polymer concrete (PPC) overlay is applied to the deck. This is often the final step in completing box beam bridge projects. The PPC overlay is designed to protect the deck from the wear and tear brought about by Pennsylvania’s harsh winters and reduce the long-term maintenance costs.

 

The polyester material can only be applied when temperatures are consistently above 40 degrees, dry weather is forecasted and after the bridge concrete has cured for at least 30 days. Flaggers will assist in directing traffic when the PPC overlay is applied in mid-2017.

 

This bridge is one of 558 structurally deficient (SD) bridges being replaced statewide under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach allows PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant financial savings and minimizing impact on motorists.

 

To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, visit www.PARapidBridges.com. On the website, the Stoney Hill Road bridge is labeled as JV-278. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project. Replacement work for this bridge was performed by Clearwater Construction.

 

Additional information about public private partnerships in Pennsylvania can be found at www.P3forPA.pa.gov.

SOURCE: PennDOT press releases