East Pikeland Township Welcomes New Bridge, Enhancing Safety and Mobility


EAST PIKELAND TWP, PA — Chester County marked a significant advancement in its infrastructure as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced the reopening of the Merlin Road bridge over Pigeon Run. This development comes after the successful completion of a nearly $1 million improvement and replacement project that promises to bolster traffic safety and fluidity for local residents.

Initiated in January 2024, the project involved the replacement of an older 24-foot-wide, 16-foot-long steel I-beam structure with a contemporary concrete box beam bridge. The new bridge now spans 27 feet and 6.5 inches in width and stretches 18 feet in length, providing 10-foot-wide travel lanes and 2-foot-wide shoulders on either side. This enhancement is designed to accommodate modern traffic needs and improve overall roadway safety for drivers traversing the area.

Beyond the bridge’s structural upgrades, the project also brought a suite of additional improvements aimed at augmenting the driving experience. Among these were the installation of new signage and the implementation of fresh roadway design features through pavement markings. Further efforts included milling and resurfacing the road, updating the drainage system, and replacing guide rails—all critical components that contribute to a safer and more efficient travel route.

Lobar Site Development Corporation, based out of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, spearheaded the construction as the general contractor, with the entire project’s funding sourced from state coffers.

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