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Bucks County Commissioners Cut Ribbon to Re-Open Bridge No. 358 (Old Jacksonville Rd. In Northampton Twp.)

April 20, 2018

On Friday, April 20, 2018, Commissioner Charles H. Martin represented Commissioner colleagues Robert G. Loughery and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW to cut the ribbon and re-open County Bridge No. 358 following a major rehabilitation project. Bridge No. 358 carries Old Jacksonville Rd. over the Little Neshaminy Creek in Northampton Township. The Township was represented during the event by Supervisor Eileen Silver, and Bucks County Director of Operation Kevin Spencer also was on hand. The bridge was taken out of service during October, 2017 to perform the repairs.

Commissioner Martin as well as representatives from General Services and Northampton cut the ribbon to re-open Bridge #358.“We are pleased to re-open this bridge for the residents of Northampton Township and the many motorists who use Old Jacksonville Rd.,” Commissioner Martin said. “There is some beautiful scenery involved with this creek and the surrounding neighborhood. We will continue to rehabilitate our County owned bridges as needed through the remainder of 2018 and beyond.”

Bridge No. 358 was built in 1933 and is a single-span, concrete encased steel I-Beam bridge with bituminous riding surface and stone masonry abutments. The bridge allows for one lane of traffic across and measures 22 feet long and 18 feet wide.

The comprehensive rehabilitation of the bridge consisted of the installation of approach guiderails at the four corners of the structure, concrete repairs to the beams and underside of the deck, stone masonry repairs and repointing of the abutments and wing walls, and milling and overlay pavement on the bridge and at the bridge approach ends to the end of the new guiderail. It also included installation of scour countermeasures along the abutment faces, and installation of epoxy coating to concrete parapet walls and the outside faces of concrete encasement of exterior beams.

Bridge #358 Construction Plaque.Professional Construction Contractors of Bethlehem, PA completed the construction, while engineering and design was done by Gilmore and Associates of New Britain, PA. The total bid cost for construction was $591,747.10. Bridge No. 358 is one of 114 owned and maintained by the County of Bucks and its General Services division.