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PennDOT to replace two bridges on Route 248

Work to start in 2019, detours required

MOORE TWP., Pa. - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation plans to replace two bridges next year on Route 248 in western Moore Township because it has determined these to be in poor condition.

PennDOT representatives made a presentation about the project at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Moore Township supervisors and announced that the work on both bridges would start at the same time in spring 2019 and end in fall 2019 and require detours for cars and trucks.

A span to the west of Valley View Drive that crosses Hokendauqua Creek will be replaced with a 32-foot-long, 38-foot-wide precast arch structure, said Bryan Clark, an engineer with Louis Berger, a consulting firm for PennDOT.

A bridge about 850 feet to the east that crosses a Hokendauqua Creek tributary will be replaced by a 35-foot-long, 38-foot-wide concrete box beam bridge, he said.

Minor road work, installation of new guide rails and signage will also be done as part of the project.

During the project, cars will be detoured around the area onto Allen Drive, Old Carriage Road, Howertown Road and Kreidersville Road, a six-mile route. Trucks will be detoured on Routes 987 and 946, a 13-mile route.

Work will be done weekdays on 10-hour shifts, Clark said, and emergency services will be notified and brought up to date before the work begins.

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