PennDOT to Rehabilitate the Bridge Carrying Kaolin Road over the West Branch of Red Clay Creek in Kennett Township

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Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, July 13, on a project to rehabilitate the bridge carrying Kaolin Road over the west branch of Red Clay Creek in Kennett Township, Chester County, announced the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

Work on this project will be in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job-site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the job-site, and relevant training.

Due to the nature of construction, Kaolin Road will be closed and detoured 24/7 between Marshall Bridge Road and Round Hill Road beginning Monday, July 13, through the completion of the project scheduled for mid-February 2021.

During the bridge closure, Kaolin Road motorists will be directed to use Route 41 North (Gap Newport Pike), U.S. 1 North (Kennett Oxford Bypass), and Route 82 (Union Street) Local access will be maintained up to the construction zone.

PennDOT’s contractor will replace the existing superstructure on the single span bridge. Built in 1960, the bridge is 60 feet long and 44 feet wide. The structure carries an average of 7607 vehicles a day.

Kaolin Road Bridge is one of 5 structures in Chester, Montgomery and Delaware counties that PennDOT is repairing under a $4,948,703 project.

The other structures included in this bridge rehabilitation project include the following:

  • Mansion Road over the south branch of French Creek in Warwick Township, Chester County. Built in 1904, Mansion Road Bridge (Brower’s Bridge) is listed with the National Register of Historic Places and a part of the Reading Furnace Historic District;
  • Concord Road over Green Creek in Concord Township, Delaware County;
  • Route 63 (Red Lion Road) over Huntingdon Valley Creek in Lower Moreland Township, Montgomery County; and
  • Route 320 (Trinity Lane) over Gulph Mills Creek in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County. Built in 1789, the Trinity Lane Bridge is also listed with the National Register of Historic Places and noted as the fifth oldest bridge in the Unites States of America.

J.D. Eckman, Inc. of Atglen, Chester County, is the general contractor on this bridge improvement project that is financed with 100 percent state funds. Work on the entire project is expected to be completed in late summer 2021.

Chester County motorists can check current road conditions by visiting the MyChesCo Traffic Center.

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Roy Gill
Roy Gill
July 9, 2020 3:36 pm

Due to the Newark Road closure, that traffic (around Landenberg and Kennett) was re-routed to Gap-Newport or Kaolin Road. Now with the closing of the bridge, all of the traffic will be routed through Avondale on Gap Newport – leaving only one two-lane road to manage all of this traffic. This was extremely poorly coordinated – the bridge work should at least have waited until Newark Road was completed.

July 13, 2020 5:15 pm
Reply to  Roy Gill

I totally agree. But when do we ever get common sense decisions made by Penn Dot. And furthermore, you can bet these projects can be done in much less time.