Lehigh Valley

After 2 years, new bridge opens over Bushkill Creek

Drivers endured detours in Northampton County

After two long years of construction, drivers in Northampton County can safely maneuver over the Bushkill Creek.

PennDOT officials said the Main Street/Uhler Road Bridge in Tatamy Borough and Forks Twp. opened on schedule.

The contractor replaced the old structurally deficient three-span, I-beam bridge with a three-span concrete box-beam bridge.

Due to significant deterioration, the bridge was closed in May 2011. Work to replace the bridge began in August 2011.

During construction the road remained closed, with traffic detoured on Sullivan Trail, Main Street, Route 191 and Walnut Street.

The project cost nearly $2.7 million.

The original bridge was built in 1941 and was 189 feet long, 23 feet wide. The new span is 195 feet long and 42 feet wide.

PennDOT officials said there are an average of 7,725 vehicles on Main Street/Uhler Road each day.

Map: Main Street/Uhler Road bridge

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