Route 611 (Old York Road) Nighttime Restrictions Scheduled Next Week for Bridge Work in Abington Township, Montgomery County


Nighttime lane restrictions are scheduled on Route 611 (Old York Road) between Jericho Road and Hamilton Avenue in Abington Township, Montgomery County, on Sunday, March 26, through Saturday, April 1, from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM, for bridge work, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today. The work schedule is dependent on the weather.

This operation is part of a $3.6 million project to rehabilitate the structurally deficient bridge carrying Edge Hill Road over Route 611 (Old York Road). Due to nature of the bridge repairs and to expedite the project, Edge Hill Road has been closed and detoured between Ferndale Avenue and Hamilton Avenue through the completion of construction scheduled in late fall 2017.

Edge Hill Road passenger vehicles are being detoured over Susquehanna Road, Fitzwatertown Road and Old Welsh Road. Trucks are being directed over Jenkintown Road, Fitzwatertown Road and Old Welsh Road. Pedestrian traffic will be maintained for the duration of construction and local vehicular access will be maintained up to the construction area.

Construction on the Edge Hill Road bridge will entail replacing the existing superstructure which includes the concrete deck slab. Crews will also repair the support abutments, install new sidewalks and make repairs to the existing pedestrian stairways.

The one-span, structurally-deficient, steel girder bridge was built in 1947. It is 115 feet long and 37 feet wide. The structure is posted with a weight limit of 31 tons and a combination weight limit of 35 tons. The bridge carries an average of 7,138 vehicles a day.

J.D. Eckman, Inc. of Atglen, Chester County, is the general contractor on the $3,672,192 project which is financed with 100 percent federal funds.

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