May 21, 2018
The closing of the bridge (JV-177) carrying Camp Meeting Road over Saucon Creek in Upper Saucon Township, Lehigh County, on Monday, May 21, 2018, marks the start of the 458th bridge under the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, which includes the replacement of 558 structurally deficient bridges across the Commonwealth.
With 100 bridges left to start construction on the $899 million Public-Private Partnership (P3), the countdown is underway for Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners and its subcontractors to deliver one of the largest P3 projects in the U.S. by the end of 2018.
The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project originated in 2013,
when PennDOT was challenged by an aging, structurally deficient bridge inventory and limited funding and resources. The P3 approach allows PennDOT to replace 558 of its roughly 4,500 structurally deficient bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impact
The consortium of companies within the development entity includes, Plenary Group USA Ltd. and Walsh Investors, LLC, which are providing financing and long-term management; a joint-venture construction team of Walsh Construction Company and Granite Construction Company; HDR, Inc., which is the lead design firm; and Walsh Infrastructure Management, which will provide maintenance for a 25-year period upon completion of the bridges.
Media contact: Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners: Rory McGlasson, 412-500-6695.