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Walnut Drive Bridge reopens in Lehigh Township

By Randy Kraft, WFMZ.com Reporter, RKraft@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 11 2013 04:03:10 PM CDT

PennDOT is preparing to start a months-long project in Northampton County.

LEHIGH TOWNSHIP, Pa. -

The Walnut Drive Bridge over Indian Creek has reopened almost five months ahead of schedule in Lehigh Township, Northampton County, announced spokesmen at the State Department of Transportation.

The project originally was scheduled for completion in November.

During the project, the contractor replaced the oldĀ  masonry arch bridge, which was deemed structurally deficient, with a concrete arch bridge.

Starting Dec. 26, Walnut Drive was closed and detoured between Beech and Dogwood drives. The posted detour routed traffic onto Route 248, Blue Mountain Drive and Elm Road.

Grace Industries, Inc. of Bath was the general contractor on the $633,207 project.

The Walnut Drive Bridge originally was constructed in 1834. The bridge was 32 feet long and 21 feet wide. The new bridge is 36 feet long and 24 feet wide. Walnut Drive has an average daily traffic volume of 632 vehicles.