EAST CALN TOWNSHIP, PA — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has announced the continuation of a $13.3 million project to replace the Boot Road bridge over Amtrak in East Caln Township, Chester County. The project aims to ensure the bridge remains a safe and efficient crossing for motorists.
From Thursday, December 14, through late December, there will be a weekday lane closure with flagging on Boot Road between Quarry Road and Southwind Lane. The closure, which will last from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, is due to saw cutting and pipe installation. Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling through this area, as backups and delays may occur. All scheduled activities are dependent on the weather.
The current Boot Road bridge over Amtrak is listed with a 23-ton weight limit and carries approximately 11,954 vehicles per day. As part of the project, PennDOT’s contractor will remove and replace the 59-year-old, 193-foot three-span Boot Road bridge with a 105-foot single-span structure. The bridge width will remain the same at 38 feet, and improvements will also be made to the approach roads to the bridge. Other construction aspects include resurfacing, stormwater management, and guiderail installation.
The roadway profile will be slightly raised to provide additional clearance to Amtrak’s facilities. Furthermore, the catenary system currently attached to the bridge, which supplies electricity to the railway system, will be re-profiled under the bridge.
Additional construction will also improve traffic flow and safety at the adjacent Boot Road and Quarry Road Intersection. Work includes widening the roadway to incorporate left-turn lanes on three legs of the intersection, installing modernized traffic signals, and making drainage improvements.
H&K Group, Inc., based in Skippack, Montgomery County, is the general contractor for this project. The project is financed entirely with state funds.
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