Lehigh Co - Eighth Street Bridge Project in Allentown
Updated On: May 07 2014 03:06:14 PM CDT
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced work is now expected to begin May 7 to rehabilitate the Eighth Street/Albertus L. Meyers Bridge that traverses the Little Lehigh Creek, Norfolk Southern Rail Road, Harrison Street, Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Fountain Park in the City of Allentown, Lehigh County.
Beginning of project was moved from May 5 due to construction delays.
The contractor plans to begin rehabilitating the bridge on May 7. Work includes replacing the bridge deck, constructing new alcoves, repairing bridge piers, reconstructing the roadway approaches, installing new ornamental lighting, concrete curbing, concrete sidewalk, protective fencing, pavement markings, and signs.
Northbound traffic will be maintained during construction with a single, eleven foot wide northbound travel lane (heading into center city Allentown) on the Eighth Street/Albertus L. Meyers Bridge.
The southbound travel lane on the bridge will be closed and detoured. The posted detour for southbound traffic will use Union and Lehigh streets. To accommodate the detour, the City of Allentown will temporarily implement a two-way traffic pattern on Union Street between Seventh and Eighth streets for the duration of the project (this section of Union Street is currently one way westbound).
Pedestrian access will be maintained with one of the two sidewalks remaining open during construction.
The project is scheduled to be complete in December 2016. All schedules are subject to change.
IEW Construction Group, Inc. of Trenton, NJ is the general contractor on the $18,541,535.84 project.
The Eighth Street/Albertus L. Meyers Bridge was originally constructed in 1913 and rehabilitated in 1973. It is a 17-span, concrete open spandrel arch bridge with nine main spans and eight reinforced concrete T-beam approach spans. It is 1,959 feet long and 46 feet wide and has an average daily traffic volume of 16,950 vehicles.
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