Home   |   About Bucks   |   Site Map     Twitter Facebook

2017 News

Bucks County Commissioners Cut Ribbon to Re-Open Bridge No. 263 (N. 4th St. in Quakertown Borough)

November 6, 2017
Commissioners Loughery and Marseglia with Quakertown Borough Council to cut the Ribbon of the rehabbed Bridge #263

On Monday, November 6, 2017, Commissioners Robert G. Loughery and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW joined Quakertown Borough officials to cut a ribbon re-opening Bucks County Bridge No. 263. This comprehensive rehabilitation to the 40-foot-long structure on N. 4th Street was completed by Eastern Highway Specialists of Wilmington, DE, with engineering and design completed by McMahon Associates of Fort Washington, PA. This project was the first funded by the $5 Pennsylvania motor vehicle registration fee enacted by the Board of Commissioners during December, 2015. That funding source, the Act 89 County Local Use Fund, is noted on signs near the bridge.

“We are pleased to cut the ribbon on this project, which is one of several bridges that will be rehabilitated through the $5 fee,” Commissioner Loughery said. “"The $5 vehicle registration fee has allowed the county to work expeditiously on bridges that we may not have been able to get to as quickly and has reduced the need to borrow funds for capital improvements projects.”

The rehabbed Bridge #263, before ribbon cuttingBridge No. 263 is a single span, reinforced concrete t-beam bridge with a macadam riding surface that carries North 4th St. over Branch or Tohickon Creek in Quakertown Borough. The bridge is 40-feet long and 36 feet curb to curb with sidewalks on each side. The bridge was built in 1938. It was closed for repairs on September 21, 2017.

The comprehensive rehabilitation consisted of placement of grouted rock protection, replacement of deteriorated sidewalks, concrete repairs to beams and topside/underside of the deck, concrete repairs to abutments and wings, mill and overlay pavement on the bridge and along approaches, installation of a concrete epoxy coating to parapets and the outside face of fascia beams, and the installation of a bridge plaque.

Bridge No. 263 is one of 114 owned and maintained by the County of Bucks and its General Services division.

The new plaque for Bridge #263, Quakertown