Construction Update
Route 73 (Skippack Pike) Bridge
Following the reopening of the Graterford Road Bridge last April, PennDOT closed the structurally deficient bridge carrying Route 73 (Skippack Pike) over the Perkiomen Creek in Perkiomen and Skippack townships, and Schwenksville Borough, on Monday, April 25, to begin construction on the $1.1 million rehabilitation of the 92-year-old-bridge.

The bridge is scheduled to reopen in late December 2016. Crews are improving the crossing by replacing the deteriorated concrete beams and bridge deck, and repairing the support abutments and drainage system. The roadway approached to the bridge are also being resurfaced.

During construction, Route 73 (Skippack Pike) through traffic is detoured over Route 29 (Gravel Pike) and Plank Road. Local access is maintained up to the construction zone. The three-span bridge was built in 1924. It is 165 feet long, 32 feet wide and carries an average of 12,742 vehicles a day. It is one of eight bridges in Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties being repaired under a $7,555,555 project financed by Pennsylvania’s transportation funding plan, Act 89.

The contractor and PECO just completed the operation to install a temporary gas line and gas main that will function until the new bridge deck is built and a permanent gas line is installed. Crews are building banks along the Perkiomen Creek to manage the water during construction. In the next week, the contractor will begin demolishing the existing bridge deck. The bridge is scheduled to reopen in late December 2016.

Plank Road/Otts Road/Meyers Road/Seitz Road Intersection and Corridor Improvements
PennDOT plans to open construction bids on June 9, 2016 to improve travel and safety at the intersections of Plank Road/Route 29 (Gravel Pike)/Otts Road and Meyers Road/Seitz Road/Township Line Road, and to make other improvements along the corridor in Skippack, Perkiomen and Limerick townships. Construction is expected to start in August 2016 and finish in 2019.

The improvements include widening Route 73 (Skippack Pike) to add a northbound left turn land at Plank Road; relocating Otts Road to align with Plank Road at Route 20 (Gravel Pike); adding left turn lands on Plank Road and Otts Road at Route 29 (Gravel Pike); realigning Meyers Road to intersect with Township Line Road and realigning Seitz Road to form a T intersection at Meyers Road; realigning two curves on Meyers/Otts Road at Miller/Bauman Roads intersection; and installing new signals along the project corridor.

The project, which is estimated to cost approximately $12 million, is expected to move to construction later this summer and finish in spring 2019.

Construction will start at the western end of the project where Meyers Road, Seitz Road and Township Line Road connect. The project’s traffic control plan was developed in concert with the Route 73 (Skippack Pike) bridge rehabilitation project that is underway because Plank Road and Route 29 (Gravel Pike) are part of the Route 73 (Skippack Pike) detour. There will be no closure of Plank Road until after the Route 73 (Skippack Pike) bridge is reopened to traffic. Plank Road is projected to close for construction in May 2017.

During construction, detours will be in place at times for closures of Seitz Road, Plank Road, Otts Road and one-directional closures on Route 29 (Gravel Pike).

The first of five road closures, the closure of a portion of Seitz Road, is anticipated to start in April 2017.