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U.S. 1 to Close Overnights Next Week for Overhead Bridge Rehabilitation in Bucks County

King of Prussia, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that northbound and southbound U.S. 1 is scheduled to close at the Oxford Valley Road Interchange in Falls and Lower Makefield townships, Bucks County, on Sunday, April 30, through Friday, May 5, from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM, for the rehabilitation of the structurally deficient Oxford Valley Road overpass. During construction, U.S. 1 motorists will exit at Oxford Valley Road and then re-enter the highway at the entrance ramps at the interchange.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the construction area because slowdowns may occur. The work schedule is weather dependent.

Crews began construction on November 14, 2016, to rehabilitate the Oxford Valley Road bridge over U.S. 1. The bridge remains open to traffic while the contractor repairs structural damage sustained when the bridge was struck by an oversized truck on June 29, 2015. Crews will replace two steel beams and repair three steel beams. Construction on the bridge is scheduled to finish in June 2017.

The three-span, steel-I beam bridge was built in 1972. It is 167 feet long and 90 feet wide. The structure carries 31,000 vehicles a day.

The work is part of PennDOT’s $11,766,000 project to rehabilitate four structurally deficient bridges in Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, and replace six structurally deficient culverts in Bucks, Chester and Delaware counties.

Over the last month, the bridge carrying Torresdale Avenue over Academy Road in Philadelphia and the Edenton Road bridge over Rattlesnake Run in Upper Oxford Township, Chester County, were completed under this project. PennDOT is also rehabilitating the Route 663 (Layfield Road) bridge over the Perkiomen Creek in Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County.

The contractor also will replace deteriorated culverts at the following locations: State Road bridge over a branch of Cooks Creek in Springfield Township, Bucks County; Rocky Ridge Road over a branch of Tohickon Creek, Richland Township, Bucks County; White Horse Road over a branch of Pickering Creek in Schuylkill Township, Chester County; Route 282 (Creek Road) over a branch of Brandywine Creek in East Brandywine Township, Chester County; Route 82 (Doe Run Road) in East Fallowfield Township, Chester County; and MacDade Boulevard over the Muckinipattis Creek in Glenolden Borough, Delaware County.

Loftus Construction, Inc. of Cinnaminson, N.J., is the general contractor on this project that is financed with 100 percent state funds through Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation plan.

All work on the project is expected to be completed in August 2018.

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by Act 89, or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

For more PennDOT information, visit www.penndot.gov. Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPhilly, and follow the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pennsylvaniadepartmentoftransportation and Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennsylvaniadot.

MEDIA CONTACT: Bob Kent, 610-205-6801

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