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Two Northampton County bridges reopening

By Randy Kraft, WFMZ.com Reporter, RKraft@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 03 2013 03:01:51 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 03 2013 04:03:02 PM CDT
MOUNT BETHEL, Pa. -

The Route 512/Main Street bridge over Brushy Meadow Creek in Bangor opened Wednesday, two months ahead of schedule. 

And the the bridge that connects Main Street in Tatamy with Uhler Road in Forks Township will open July 10, following a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting.

The bridge openings were applauded State Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Northampton), after he received the news from the state Department of Transportation.

“Anyone who uses these bridges on a regular basis is pleased to hear news concerning an end to their travel troubles," said Emrick. "We are happy to be able to deliver this information, considering the problems these closings have caused.

“Grace Industries of Bath, the general contract for the Bangor project, and Bi-State Construction of Easton, which is overseeing the Tatamy Bridge project, should be applauded for their efforts.

"In the case of the Route 512 bridge, the nearly 8,800 vehicles that use that route on a daily basis will be very happy to see detour signs no longer in place.”

Both projects involved replacing bridges that were deemed structurally deficient by PennDOT.

Work began in late December to replace the Route 512/Main Street Bridge in Bangor, which was built in 1922.

Grace Industries, general contractor on the $1,060,360 project, replaced the old  concrete T-beam bridge with a cast-in-place reinforced concrete, rigid frame bridge.

The old bridge was 29 feet long and 34 feet wide. The new bridge is 61 feet long and 26 feet wide.

PennDOT spokesman Ron Young said the Tatamy-Uhler Road bridge has been closed since May 2011. The deteriorating bridge was closed for safety reasons. He said work on replacing that bridge began in August 2011.