Gradyville Rd. Bridge Construction Not Expected to Begin in Feb.

The project is currently being delayed by a final permit needed from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the township engineer says.

The Gradyville Road Bridge was closed in May 2012 because it is structurally deficient. (Credit: Courtney Elko)
The Gradyville Road Bridge was closed in May 2012 because it is structurally deficient. (Credit: Courtney Elko)
The Gradyville Road Bridge project continues to have delays after having been closed in May 2012 and there currently is no projected construction start date.

In March 2013, the project was expected to be completed in February. Then construction was expected to begin in February with a completion date earmarked for August 2014. 

Now, neither is the case.

The construction bid has not yet been awarded and there is no confirmation as to when construction will begin and be completed, according to Newtown Township Engineer Eileen Nelson.

"The delay has been associated with the inclusion of a sanitary sewer force main under the bridge, to avoid tearing it up to install the line in the future," Nelson said in an email message.  


In December 2012, DELCORA (Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority) requested that Newtown Township incorporate a sanitary sewer force main for future sewer needs into the project to avoid additional disturbance in the future.

"The force main will serve Edgmont Township primarily, but it is expected that Newtown Township may be adding flow to that line in the future," Nelson said. 

A revised plan incorporating a force main was submitted to PennDOT for review in April 2013 but in August 2013, PennDOT’s review required additional items including a Utility Agreement with Aqua PA for their attachment to the bridge and a separate general permit for the force main—delaying the project further, according to Newtown Township's website.

Nelson said the permitting required through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Fish and Wildlife are now causing the current delays.

"We are awaiting a response from U.S. Fish and Wildlife for the final permit to be issued," she said. "I have been told by PennDOT that it is the only item they are waiting on to schedule the letting of the project."

Nelson said once the permits are acquired, the same time frames for construction will hold but a start date can not be predicted at this time.

"We have repeatedly explained our great concern because of the bridge closures’ impact to residents, but they have their process that must be followed," she said. 
four enough January 20, 2014 at 12:58 PM
F_g politicians. Contact them and let them hear it. Don't forget there's the upcoming closure of roads associated with the current overhaul of 252 and rt1. This will redirect traffic onto Bishop Hollow. Without that bridge fixed it'll be a mess.
judy sanders January 20, 2014 at 02:38 PM
The fault has to lie with the Newtown Township administrators. This township is no longer desirable. The ride down 252 smells like sewer, the Episcopal Academy traffic in the morning is absurd, the post office is inconveniently located to mail a simple letter, the southbound 252 traffic backs up from Gradyville Road to Route 3, the St. Anastasia school flashing light drags on for two hours into rush hour traffic, etc. Way too many bottlenecks in this township.
L. Ferguson January 20, 2014 at 02:42 PM
Frustrated March 19, 2014 at 09:00 AM
Very frustrating. How about installing a temporary single-lane bridge with Corps of Engineers while we wait? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bailey_Bridge_Over_Ma_Sillars_Channel.JPG
L. Ferguson March 19, 2014 at 01:53 PM


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