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Lehigh Co - Eighth Street Bridge Project in Allentown

Published On: Apr 26 2014 09:08:29 AM EDT   Updated On: Dec 01 2014 03:37:28 PM EST

update December 1, 2014:

Municipality: City of Allentown
ROAD NAME: Eighth Street/Albertus L. Meyers Bridge between Union and Lehigh streets +
Type of Work: Bridge Repair
Work being Done By: PENNDOT Contractor
Type of Restriction: Daytime

RESTRICTION: Northbound bridge traffic will be closed and detoured to allow cement trucks to deliver cement for portions of the new bridge deck. Northbound traffic will be detoured on St. John Street, South Sixth Street, West Wyoming Street, South Fifth Street, Auburn Street, Lehigh Street, Union Street, South Sixth Street and Linden Street. Access will be maintained for pedestrians and emergency vehicles. Northbound access is expected to be restored at 3 p.m.


A project began in May 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.

For the duration of the project the southbound travel lane on the bridge is closed and detoured. The posted detour for southbound traffic uses Union and Lehigh streets. To accommodate the detour, the City of Allentown has temporarily implemented 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 usually one way westbound).

Pedestrian access is being 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.

START DATE: 12/04/2014  Est. Completion Date: 12/04/2014
Restrictions in Effect (time of day): 9:00 AM To 3:00 PM