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Route 447 bridge will be replaced in Barrett Township

Published On: Jan 10 2014 04:13:12 PM CST
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

Work will begin Monday to replace the Route 447 bridge over Spruce Cabin Run, south of Canadensis in Barrett Township. Monroe County.

During the project, Route 447 will be closed and traffic detoured between Route 390 and Mill Creek Road.

The bridge replacement is scheduled to be completed in September, if the weather cooperates.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), which is in charge of the replacement project, reported that section of Route 447 has an average daily traffic volume of 2,198 vehicles.

Drivers are advised to allow for extra time and use caution when traveling through the area.

The existing bridge is a single span concrete box beam span constructed in 1957. It is 67 feet long and 34 feet wide.

The new bridge will be a 68 feet long and 32 feet wide. It also will be a single span of concrete box beam construction.

Motorists are advised to allow for extra time and use caution when traveling through the area.

J.D. Eckman, Inc., of Lancaster County is the general contractor on the $3,067,487 project.

That project also included replacing the old Route  191 bridge over Brodhead Creek  in Stroud Township, a two-span concrete structure constructed in 1957.  It was 127 feet long, 34 feet wide and was posted with a 19-ton weight restriction.

That old bridge was replaced between April and December.

The new Route 191 bridge is 130 feet long, 32 feet wide, two span concrete box beam bridge with no weight restriction.