Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, March 23, on a project to rehabilitate the bridge carrying Friendship Church Road over Knight Run in West Fallowfield Township, Chester County, announced the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
Due to the nature of construction, Friendship Church Road will be closed and detoured between Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike) and McHenry Road beginning Monday, March 23, through the completion of the project scheduled for mid-April.
During the bridge closure, Friendship Church Road motorists will be directed to use Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike) and Route 10 (Limestone Road). Local access will be maintained up to the construction zone.
Built in 1934, the bridge is 18 feet long and 26 feet wide. The structure carries an average of 195 vehicles a day.
The Friendship Church Road Bridge is one of 11 structures in Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties that PennDOT is repairing under a $9.8 million project financed by Act 89, the state’s transportation plan.
Structures completed under this project include:
- Boot Road over Route 100 in West Whiteland Township, Chester County;
- Main Street over Norfolk Southern Railroad in Limerick Township, Montgomery County;
- Route 611 over Pennypack Creek in Upper Moreland, Montgomery County;
- Route 611 over the Pennsylvania Turnpike ramp in Upper Moreland, Montgomery County;
- Old Lancaster Road over Amtrak in Tredyffrin Township, Chester County
- Ross Fording Road over Octoraro Creek in West Fallowfield Township, Chester County;
- Quakertown Road over Macoby Creek in Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County;
- Route 63 (Welsh Road) over Norfolk Southern Railroad in Upper Dublin and Upper Moreland townships, Montgomery County; and
- Whitford Road over Valley Creek in West Whiteland Township, Chester County.
The other bridge in this rehabilitation project include:
- Route 532 (Bustleton Avenue) over CSX Railroad in Philadelphia.
Loftus Construction, Inc. of Cinnaminson, N.J., is the general contractor on this bridge improvement project that is financed with 100 percent state funds.
Chester County motorists can check current road conditions by visiting the MyChesCo Traffic Center.
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