Gone are detour signs, a single lane, flashing red lights, and weight restrictions on traffic traveling Pruss Hill Road in Lower Pottsgrove. Its replacement bridge officially re-opened Wednesday afternoon.
The absence of traffic on Pruss Hill Road in Lower Pottsgrove, which remains closed while its bridge is being replaced, has allowed the township Public Works Department to finish other tasks there.
Construction workers building the replacement bridge on Pruss Hill Road in Lower Pottsgrove made progress last week in completing its steel culvert and framing its header walls. Their efforts were rewarded with pizza.
Contractors were busy assembling components of the Pruss Hill Road replacement bridge Tuesday afternoon. Lower Pottsgrove engineer Jim McCarthy notes its concrete footings have already been poured.
Think of this as a shake-your-head moment. The deteriorating Pruss Hill Road bridge in Lower Pottsgrove has been fully removed. "Road Closed signs warn the road is impassable. Drivers, however, are still trying to get through.
Years after its load-bearing weight was reduced and passage was limited to a single lane, the deteriorated Pruss Hill Road bridge was closed to traffic Monday. Its replacement should be completed by November.
Signs erected by Lower Pottsgrove announce it will close Pruss Hill Road beginning Aug. 22 for replacement of its bridge. Drivers who use the road for an east-west commute to U.S. Route 422 must find alternatives.
Employees of the company that last month won the contract to replace the Pruss Hill Road bridge in Lower Pottsgrove closed a portion of the road Monday to drill test holes. It was re-opened hours later.