PennDOT to Start Work Monday to Replace 724 Bridge

The Route 724 bridge over Eckers Creek (at top), as it appeared last December

NORTH COVENTRY PA – Construction is scheduled to begin Monday (July 25, 2022) to replace the Route 724 bridge over Eckers Creek between Catfish Lane and Sheep Hill Road in North Coventry, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced. The bridge was closed Sept. 30 (2021) due to extensive damage caused by Tropical Storm Ida, and traffic has been detoured and re-routed around it since.

“The department is eager to start construction on this new bridge and reopen Route 724 for the public since the roadway’s closure last year,” acting PennDOT District Executive Louis R. Belmonte said. “We designed, developed, and advanced this project as expeditiously as possible in order to start and finish construction this year.”

PennDOT to Start Work Monday to Replace 724 Bridge
Before its closure the bridge carried about 7,700 vehicles daily, PennDOT estimated.

Equally eager is 26th District state Rep. Tim Hennessey, who represents North Coventry in the state House and who also serves as majority chairman of the House Transportation Committee. PennDOT’s action is “great news!,” Hennessey reported Wednesday (July 20) on his Facebook page. A list of regulatory requirements had to be met before work could proceed, he explained earlier, and caused delays.

PennDOT contractor J.D. Eckman Inc. of Atglen PA will remove the 95-year-old, single-span concrete slab bridge and replace it with a new 21-foot-long, 30-foot-wide concrete box culvert, PennDOT stated. Monday’s work will begin with brush clearing and utility operations. The project will cost $1.2 million. The affected portion of 724 will remain closed until the bridge’s completion in late October.

PennDOT to Start Work Monday to Replace 724 Bridge

During construction, drivers on Route 724 will continue to use a detour (above) mapped out over Route 100, U.S. 422, and River Bridge Road. Local access will be maintained up to the bridge construction zone, the agency said.

Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling near the work area. Backups and delays will occur, PennDOT warned. All scheduled activities depend on acceptable weather.

Photos by The Post
Route 724 detour map provided by PennDOT