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Allentown's Oxford Drive Bridge is open

Published On: Aug 23 2013 04:31:14 PM EDT

The Oxford Drive Bridge over  Little Lehigh Creek in  Allentown completely  reopened Friday.

Northbound Oxford Drive had been closed since June 13 for a bridge rehabilitation project, with northbound traffic detoured.

The reopening was announced by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.


Heim Construction, Co. of Pottsville,  was  the general contractor on the $367,670 project. That work included bridge deck overlaying, expansion dam replacement, beam repairs, substructure and parapet repairs, and other miscellaneous construction.

The Oxford Drive Bridge is a three-span, concrete I-beam bridge originally constructed in 1960 to replace Bogert's Covered Bridge that still stands next to it in Lehigh Parkway.

The Oxford Drive Bridge was last rehabilitated in 1980.

It is 226 feet long and 35 feet wide.

That section of Oxford Drive has an average daily traffic volume of 9,586 vehicles, according to PennDOT spokesmen.