Congo Road Bridge Closes Nov. 15 for Replacement

DOUGLASS (MONTGOMERY) PA – Replacement of the structurally damaged Congo Road bridge over Middle Creek in Douglass (Montgomery) Township is scheduled to begin in just two weeks, with its year-long closure set for Nov. 15 (2021; Monday), according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. A detour has already been mapped out and is publicly available (at top).

PennDOT’s general contractor on the $1.27 million project, H&K Group Inc. of Skippack, will replace the existing two-span reinforced concrete slab bridge with a single-span prestressed spread box beam bridge, the agency said. A portion of the replacement structure will be set aside for a future pedestrian and bicycle trail which Douglass Township expects to build in the future.

During construction, a 10-foot-wide pathway will be erected for pedestrians to safely cross the bridge. The pathway will be separated from traffic by a concrete barrier and rail.

Congo Road is anticipated to be closed around the clock through Fall 2022, with a detour between Middle Creek and Linsenbeidler roads; drivers will be directed to use Middle Creek Road, Sassamansville Road and Hoffmansville Road. Local access will be maintained up to the work zone.

The bridge was built in 1923. The structure is 40 feet long, 21 feet wide and carries approximately 700 vehicles per day. The bridge is currently listed in serious condition for both superstructure and deck elements.

Detour map provided by PennDOT