update June 19, 2015:
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) opened the newly constructed roundabout at the intersection of Bridgetown Pike and Route 213 (Maple Avenue) in Lower Southampton Township, Bucks County.
The new, single-lane roundabout, which was built as part of the $7.3 million, Act 89-funded project that also includes the construction of the new Route 213 (Maple Avenue) bridge over the Neshaminy Creek, will improve travel and safety for motorists by eliminating the former signalized, triangular intersection and the tight turn move that previously existed.
PennDOT’s contractor worked over the past 11 months to realign the intersection and construct the roundabout. Crews will complete the final paving and striping of the roundabout later this summer.
The intersection of Bridgetown Pike and Route 213 (Maple Avenue) carries an average of 14,000 vehicles a day.
As part of this transportation improvement project, PennDOT’s contractor also is building the new Route 213 (Maple Avenue ) bridge to replace the former structurally deficient span in Middletown and Lower Southampton townships. The new bridge is expected to open in December.
Buckley and Company, Inc. of Philadelphia is the general contractor on the $7,262,049 project, which is financed with 100 percent state funds from Pennsylvania’s transportation plan, Act 89.
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Construction will start Monday, July 21, on a $7.3 million project to replace the structurally deficient Route 213 (Maple Avenue) Bridge over the Neshaminy Creek and build a roundabout to improve travel through the intersection of Route 213 (Maple Avenue) and Bridgetown Pike in Middletown and Lower Southampton townships, Bucks County.
When the Route 213 (Maple Avenue) bridge closes to traffic on July 21, crews will begin to remove the existing structurally deficient three-span concrete arch structure and replace it with a new three-span concrete arch bridge. The project is scheduled to finish in October 2016.
The new Route 213 (Maple Avenue) bridge will be 226 feet long and 31 feet wide, eight feet wider than the existing span. It will carry two 11-foot travel lanes, a five-foot shoulder and a four-foot shoulder. The bridge will be adorned with aesthetic treatments to resemble the current bridge, including concrete sidewalls and enclosed concrete arches, and a maple leaf imprint atop the columns on each pier.
With the closure of Route 213 (Maple Avenue), detours will be posted for passenger cars and trucks. The posted detour for passenger cars will use Old Lincoln Highway, Bristol Road and Bridgetown Pike. Trucks will follow the detour of U.S. Route 1 (Lincoln Highway), Route 132 (Street Road) and Route 532 (Bustleton Pike).
The existing bridge on Route 213 (Maple Avenue) was built in 1929. It is 23 feet wide, 225 feet long and posted with a 30-ton weight restriction. The bridge carries 10,352 vehicles a day.
This transportation improvement project also includes the realignment of the intersection of Route 213 (Maple Avenue) and Bridgetown Pike to create a new single-lane roundabout to move traffic smoothly and safely through the intersection.
The roundabout will improve traffic flow because it eliminates the signalized intersection and the extremely tight left turn move from Bridgetown Pike to Route 213 (Maple Avenue).
The intersection will remain open during construction, except for one weekend when a closure is required. Roundabout construction is expected to begin in early 2015.