The purpose of the bridge replacement is to address existing deficiencies of the Route 252 bridge and provide increased span length to accommodate Aqua Pennsylvania’s future enlargement of the Springton Reservoir.
The Wolf Administration announced that construction began on Jan. 28, on a project to replace the bridge that carries Route 252 (Palmer's Mill Road) over the Springton Reservoir in Upper Providence and Marple townships, Delaware County.
"This bridge replacement project highlights PennDOT's ability to work seamlessly with other agencies, including Aqua Pennsylvania and various stakeholders, as well as the owner of the Springton Reservoir, to provide a sustainable transportation facility for the public," said Gov. Tom Wolf.
The purpose of the bridge replacement is to address existing deficiencies of the Route 252 bridge and provide increased span length to accommodate the future Springton Reservoir project. Aqua Pennsylvania expects to begin a spillway improvement project in 2021 after the PennDOT bridge replacement is complete. The spillway improvement will comply with new storm water modeling guidelines that will be issued by PA DEP later this year.
Construction began with the installation of advanced warning signs and tree clearing operations. Motorists can expect periodic weekday lane restrictions with flagging on Route 252 between Lakeview Drive and Newtown Street Road from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. These construction activities will be in place through the summer.
Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work area because backups and delays will occur. All scheduled activities are weather dependent and subject to change.
This project includes the construction of a temporary bridge that will be used to carry northbound Route 252 traffic over Springton Reservoir to maintain one travel lane in each direction through the project limits.
J.D. Eckman Inc., of Atglen, Chester County, is the general contractor on the $12.8 million project which is financed with 100 percent state funds.
Construction on this project is expected to finish in the fall of 2021.
For more information, visit penndot.gov/District6.