PennDOT Offers New Hanover Square Rd. Update

GILBERTSVILLE PA – An open house-style meeting that will display and involve a discussion of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation plans to replace and improve a New Hanover Township bridge, which carries New Hanover Square Road over Swamp Creek (at top), is scheduled to be held Nov. 7 (2019; Thursday) from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the township municipal building, 2943 North Charlotte St.

PennDOT representatives and its design team will present a progress and status update on the project. The meeting structure allows those who attend to circulate among displays to gather information and discuss the bridge with designers. The meeting is free to attend and open to the public.

PennDOT proposes to replace the existing New Hanover Square Road bridge and culvert, as well as raise the roadway on both approaches. The agency said it intends “to provide safe access over Swamp Creek for residents, emergency services, and the traveling public during storm events.”

Built in 1934, the three-span, steel-I beam, bituminous bridge is 117 feet long, 29 feet wide and carries an average of 2,186 vehicles a day. The structure had a posted weight limit of 3 tons before it closed on September 6, 2018, following an inspection and discovery of severe deterioration of the superstructure and bridge deck.

Construction bids on the project are expected to be opened during Summer 2020.

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