January 24, 2019
Allentown, PA – The completion of the new bridge carrying Hamilton Boulevard over Iron Run in Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County, has been delayed until early-to-mid March 2019. Construction was anticipated to be complete in late January 2019, however, more flooding at the bridge site - and unforeseen geological conditions with limestone rock that required extensive drilling - has adversely affected the construction schedule. The bridge is being fully replaced as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.
Traffic will be maintained north and southbound across the east side of the bridge until the construction of the new bridge is completed in March.
This bridge is referred to as JV-178 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.
The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years.
More on P3 in Pennsylvania is available at www.P3.pa.gov or "Public-Private Partnerships" at www.penndot.gov. Information on the bridges and their status is at www.parapidbridges.com, or by calling the project hotline at 877-444-9990 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.