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2015 News

Bucks County to Close Bridge No. 339 (Bucks Rd. Over Perkiomen Creek in Bedminster Twp.) On May 18

May 15, 2015

Effective on Monday, May 18, Bucks County Bridge No. 339 will be closed to traffic in order to perform the completion of bridge rehabilitation work. Bridge No. 339 carries Bucks Rd. over the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek in Bedminster Township. Detour signage will be set in place to direct traffic around the closure. The bridge is expected to be out of service for approximately four months.

The rehabilitation work will consist of repair or replacement of steel truss members, replacement of steel stringers, repair to steel floor beams, replacement of the wood deck with a steel grid deck, replacement of abutment seats and back walls, repairs to the stone foundations, and reconstruction of the approach roadway paving. In addition, new safety features will be installed, including structure mounted bridge railing and approach guiderail.

Bridge No. 339 was built in 1896 and later reconstructed in 1937 and is a single span Steel Pratt Pony Truss bridge measuring 64 feet center to center of bearings. The bridge is currently weight restricted to four tons. The deck consists of wooden riding boards attached to the steel stringer beams. The substructure consists of stone masonry abutments and wingwalls.

The County’s Emergency Services department has notified first responders of the closure. A full detour route has been presented to PennDOT and will be implemented after approval by the state transportation agency.

The County will utilize Act 13 Highway Bridge Funds which will cover the entire construction cost of $686,805. Bridge No. 339 is one of 115 owned and maintained by the County of Bucks and its General Services division.