October 19, 2018
Allentown, PA – Motorists should anticipate overnight closures on US 22 next week, as construction continues on the bridge carrying PA 33 north over US 22 in Bethlehem Township, Northampton County.
A nighttime detour is scheduled from 10.30 p.m. to 5.30 a.m. on Monday, October 22, to Thursday, October 25, for beam placement work. 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. 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.
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. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impact on motorists.