West King Street Bridge, After Two Years, Reopens

POTTSTOWN PA – After about two years of construction at a cost of $4.2 million, replacement of the 154-foot-long West King Street bridge over Manatawny Creek in the borough is complete. The road reopened to traffic at mid-day Thursday (April 14, 2022) with a ribbon-cutting that involved area politicians and state officials.

Rylind Construction Company of Lewisberry PA was the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s general contractor for the state-owned bridge. It replaced the existing two span, non-composite pre-stressed concrete adjacent box beam bridge with a spread box beam bridge said to be similar to the one installed years earlier on West High Street.

The installation included new abutments, and a new pier at a slightly skewed location to improve its alignment at the intersection with Manatawny Street.

The new structure provides several safety improvements. Among them are enhancements to roadside protection at the approaches to the new bridge barriers; wider 8-foot sidewalks on both sides of the bridge; and new ADA curb ramps at the intersection of King and Manatawny streets. Decorative bridge lighting was also added to improve visibility.

The project was paid for with state funding.

The reopening helps return normalcy to the area that was in part affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, an accidental 2021 water main break, and traffic flow abruptly stopped by construction across the creek. Some drivers who earlier drove west over King to Memorial Park or toward Route 100 found themselves making a series of right and left turns to reach their destination on detour routes around the construction well established by PennDOT.

However, many travelers in cars and pick-up trucks by-passed that alternative and instead crossed from King to High street by way of a block-wide shortcut adjacent to two gas stations and west of the Carousel of Pottstown attraction.

The crowd of official ribbon-cutters included state and local representatives, municipal officials, and others as guest speakers. The construction workers themselves were recognized for their efforts.

Map graphic provided by PennDOT