Boot Road Bridge Over Amtrak Undergoes Major Reconstruction in East Caln Township

Traffic Alert

EAST CALN TOWNSHIP, PA — Construction continues on a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) project to replace the 59-year-old Boot Road bridge over Amtrak in East Caln Township, Chester County. The project aims to ensure a safer and more efficient crossing for the approximately 11,954 vehicles that use the bridge daily.

From Monday, December 4, through Friday, December 8, between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM, there will be a lane closure with flagging on Boot Road between Quarry Road and Southwind Lane. Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work area as backups and delays may occur. All scheduled construction activities depend on favorable weather conditions.

The existing three-span Boot Road bridge, currently listed at a 23-ton weight limit, is set to be replaced with a 105-foot single-span structure. The bridge width will remain unchanged at 38 feet, however, improvements are planned for the approach roads to the bridge. The construction project also includes resurfacing, stormwater management, and guiderail installation.

In addition to replacing the bridge, the roadway profile will be raised slightly to provide additional clearance to Amtrak’s facilities. The catenary system used to supply electricity to the railway system, which is currently attached to the bridge, will be re-profiled under the bridge.

To further enhance traffic flow and safety, improvements will also be made at the adjacent Boot Road and Quarry Road Intersection. These improvements include widening the roadway to incorporate left-turn lanes on three legs of the intersection, installing modernized traffic signals, and drainage improvements.

H&K Group, Inc. of Skippack, Montgomery County, has been contracted as the general contractor for this project, which is financed with 100 percent state funds.

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