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Arcola Road Bridge Project Moves Forward

The bridge will be closed for about a year during construction, which could begin as early as the end of 2014.

An $8 million project to replace the Arcola Road bridge connecting Lower Providence to Upper Providence will begin as early as the end of 2014.

County planning officials met in late March with engineers from Philadelphia-based McCormick Taylor to review plans for the bridge, according to Leo Bagley, assistant director of the Montgomery County Planning Commission.

Bagley said at an April 4 meeting of the county's Board of Commissioners that the county is in the process of purchasing the required easements and rights of way in the construction zone. Those transactions are expected to be completed by summer 2014.

Asked how long the bridge would be closed for the reconstruction, Bagley on Monday said "at least for the [2015] construction season," but that a full year would be more likely.

The bridge, which currently has a three-ton load limit, will not be subject to load restrictions after the replacement, Bagley said.

About 80 percent of the project will be paid for by Federal Transportation Improvement Program funds, with another 15 percent coming from the state and the remainder from county funds, Bagley told the county commissioners.

Bob April 21, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Agreed...make the new bridge, plus the roads to and from it, accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. The way it is now, there is no safe way for Lower Providence residents to access the trail system by bike or foot.
citizenkane57 May 09, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Should be local traffic only
citizenkane57 May 09, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Whatever is done, the last thing you want is a light there. That will back up traffic for a half mile to a mile during rush hour.
Bill Massar May 28, 2013 at 04:55 PM
What's the latest on this project? I heard it was revealed at the latest planning board meeting held just before Memorial Day weekend that PennDOT plans to close the bridge some time this late-summer with no plans to re-open it since there is no budget to repair/replace it??
Catherine Beyer August 05, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Kool pic. I say close it now before something terrible happens.

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