PennDOT Re-Opens New Hanover Square Road Bridge

A Google Maps satellite view (at top) of the New Hanover Square Road bridge under construction in early 2022

NEW HANOVER PA – The New Hanover Square Road bridge over Swamp Creek in New Hanover Township officially reopened Friday (Aug. 5, 2022), following a closure of more than three years and a $2.7 million replacement project, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The bridge was closed in September 2018 due to what PennDOT said was “severe deterioration of (its) superstructure and bridge deck.” The three-span concrete, encased steel I-beam bridge and concrete box culvert were both built in 1934. Before its closure the bridge was used by about 4,900 vehicles daily.

Besides replacing the bridge, PennDOT contractor Column Construction Inc. of Glenmoore also replaced a culvert over an unnamed tributary; reconstructed and raised approaches on both sides of the bridge and culvert to reduce flooding during weather events; constructed wider shoulders; and upgraded its guide rail.

The replacement ensures the bridge is “capable of handling the volume of expected traffic” on the road, is structurally sound, and safe, the agency stated.

Satellite imagery from Google Maps