NEWTOWN SQUARE–Construction begins on Monday, July 16, to rehabilitate St. David's Road bridge.
, the rehabilitation project of the 202-year-old bridge was scheduled to reopen in November 2013. However, according to Gene Blaum assistant press secretary of PennDOT, the year was mistakenly written as 2013 and not 2012.
During the four-month period of construction, 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."
Now until November, 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.
The project has been estimated to cost $454,000, which is part of PennDOT's $1.3 million project to rehabilitate three structurally deficient bridges. The other two bridges under the project include the Knowlton Road bridge over Chester Creek in Middletown Township and the Route 13 (Chester Pike) bridge over Muckinapattus Creek in Glenolden Borough.