PennDOT To Start St. David's Bridge Construction in July, Detour Plans Set

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced construction will begin on July 16 to rehabilitate the structurally deficient St. David's Road bridge in Newtown Square.

NEWTOWN SQUARE–The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced on Monday that construction will start Monday, July 16, on the $454,000 project to rehabilitate the structurally deficient stone arch bridge carrying St. David’s Road over Darby Creek in Newtown Township. The bridge is scheduled to reopen in November 2013.

In February of this year, from the existing architectural details and dimensions of the bridge.

In the next 17 months, PennDOT will restore the structurally deficient bridge by rebuilding its deteriorated bridge walls; reinforcing the deck; reinforcing the foundation underneath the support abutments; performing masonry repairs and installing new guide rail.

According to PennDOT, "When construction is completed, the 202-year-old stone arch bridge will once again carry northbound and southbound traffic and no longer be classified as structurally deficient."

During the time of construction, the St. David’s Road bridge will be closed and detoured during construction. The posted detour will use Darby Paoli Road, Goshen Road and Rt. 252/Newtown Street.

According to PennDOT, the St. David’s Road bridge was originally built in 1810.  It is 26 feet long and 24 feet wide.  The bridge carries an average of 6,500 vehicles a day.

J.D. Eckman, Inc. of Atglen, Chester County is the general contractor on the project. St. David's Road, which is a state road, will be financed entirely through state funds, meaning no costs will be incurred for the rehabilitation project to Newtown.

The St. David’s Road bridge is one of three structurally deficient bridges in Delaware County that PennDOT is repairing under a $1,263,976 project.  The other two are the Knowlton Road bridge over Chester Creek in Middletown Township and the Route 13 (Chester Pike) bridge over Muckinapattus Creek in Glenolden Borough.

PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to www.511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on major highways before heading out.

For more PennDOT information, visit www.dot.state.pa.us. Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPhilly.

This press release was provided by PennDOT.

Tee Dee June 26, 2012 at 03:49 PM
18 months to build a bridge......they will close it and work 3 days a month just like Goshen Road....The Newtown Supervisors should be ashamed and voted out of office
19073 resident June 26, 2012 at 04:30 PM
The Newtown supervisors are NOT PennDot, and are not bridge builders. I am, sure there is much more to rebuilding a bridge than TeeDee understands. Your complaint about the amount of hours spent working on the bridge should be directed to PennDot.
Doug Humes June 26, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Compare to the Bartram Bridge on Goshen Road in 1860; "In January of 1860 the local governments approved construction. The work was put out to bid in April of 1860. Ten bids were received by May 7th, and one was selected. Local builder Ferdinand Wood designed and then built the bridge that summer, with the newest Burr Arch technology, local wood and a local sawmill. He completed his work by early September. The work was inspected later that month; the governments beat up Wood on his final price of $1133, and ended up paying him $1,058. And this bridge, built in three months from local materials for about a thousand dollars, has survived to this day." From "Bartram Covered Bridge: Spanning History" at http://www.amazon.com/Bartram-Covered-Bridge-Spanning-ebook/dp/B004WWW654
Tee Dee June 26, 2012 at 06:49 PM
No they are not Penn Dot, but they gave Penndot 18 months. Just go by it evey day and see teh lack of work I saw it on Goshen Road.....I guess You dont use St Davids Road...


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