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Schuylkill Co - Rt 61 Bridge Replacement

Published On: Apr 19 2013 02:16:04 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 07 2014 03:11:06 PM CDT

Work will begin on Monday, April 22 on a project to replace the structurally deficient PA 61 Bridge over Mahannon Creek in West Brunswick and North Manheim townships, Schuylkill County.

On Monday work will begin to install a temporary bridge on the locally owned Antique Lane over Mahannon Creek. This temporary bridge will be used to allow Liberty Street traffic to be detoured on Antique Lane (Liberty Street will close during the PA 61 Bridge construction).  

On Wednesday there will be weekday lane shifts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on PA 61 between Raring Drive and Antique Lane. These PA 61 traffic lane shifts will be in place 24-hours a day starting May 1, as well as a 10 foot width restriction for oversized vehicles. There are no long term lane closures on PA 61 for this project.

Also on May 1, the locally owned Liberty Street will be closed between PA 61 and Antique Lane, with Antique Lane being used as the detour. 

The project also includes construction of new bridge roadway approaches, guiderail, curbing, drainage improvements and other miscellaneous construction.

Work is scheduled to be complete in April 2014.

Heim Construction Co. of Pottsville, Pa. is the general contractor on the $2,046,582 project.

The PA 61 Bridge is a concrete T-beam bridge originally constructed in 1936 and rehabilitated in 1955. It is 27 feet long and 70 feet wide. The new bridge will be a 24 feet 8 inch long, 69 feet wide, single span concrete box beam bridge. This section of PA 61 has an average daily traffic volume of 17,236 vehicles.

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