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Bucks County Officials Cut Ribbon to Re-Open Bridge NO. 15 (Frosty Hollow Rd. Over Mill Creek in Middletown TWP.)

May 26, 2017

Commissioner Marseglia begins to cut the Ribbon to re-open Bridge #15.On Friday, May 26, 2017, Commissioner Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW joined Middletown officials to cut a ribbon re-opening Bucks County Bridge No. 15 following a major rehabilitation project. Bridge No. 15 carries Frosty Hollow Rd. over Mill Creek in Middletown Township. The bridge, which was expected to be out of service for approximately four months when work began in March, 2017, was put back in service in less than three months.

"Levittown was designed as a community where everything was connected and folks could move easily and safely throughout,” stated Commissioner Ellis-Marseglia. “The reopening of this bridge reconnects the communities with safety."

The rehabilitation consisted of superstructure replacement, modifications to the abutment seats, repair of substructure elements, stream channel cleaning, approach roadway paving, approach guide rail upgrades, and bridge barrier and signage.  The new bridge superstructure consists of composite, pre-stressed concrete adjacent box beams and a reinforced concrete deck and sidewalk. 

Bridge 15 Plaque, detailing the work and the age of the original bridge.Bridge No. 15 was built in 1957 and is a single span non-composite, pre-stressed concrete adjacent box beam bridge with bituminous riding surface. The bridge measures 42 feet long and 32 feet wide with a four and a half foot sidewalk.

The County funded the project out of the County Bond fund; however, the project is following the PennDOT retro-reimbursement program and as such 80 percent of the project cost of $635,000 will be reimbursed to the County. Bridge No. 15 is one of 115 owned and maintained by the County of Bucks and its General Services division.

The profile of Bridge #15 from the curve of the road.