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  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.