June 25, 2018
Construction for the bridge carrying PA 33 north over US 22 in Bethlehem Township, Northampton County, is scheduled to begin next month as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.
Replacement of this bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Northampton County’s structurally deficient bridge list.
Construction of the bridge is expected to begin in early July. During this time, traffic will be shifted on both US 22 and PA 33. Motorists are advised to slow down and be aware of new traffic patterns that will be in place. A nighttime detour for demolition is scheduled from 10.30 p.m. to 5.30 a.m. on Monday, July 9 to Friday, July 13. During this time, US 22 west traffic will be detoured on PA 33 north to Hecktown Road and then back to PA 33 south to US 22. Traffic traveling from US 22 east will be detoured on PA 33 south to William Penn Highway, then back to PA 33 north to US 22.
Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work areas because slowdowns will occur. The bridge is anticipated to be complete by the end of 2018. In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change.
This bridge is referred to as JV-197 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.