Bucks Co - Rt 32 Bridge Project

Published: Dec 03 2013 03:28:21 PM EST   Updated On: Apr 07 2014 04:19:36 PM EDT

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that construction is scheduled to begin Monday (Dec. 9) to replace the structurally-deficient Route 32 (River Road) Bridge over the Tohickon Creek in Tinicum and Plumstead townships, Bucks County.

PennDOT will maintain traffic flow on Route 32 (River Road) during construction by building a temporary bridge immediately upstream from the existing structure. Motorists will travel on the temporary bridge until the new bridge opens in 2015.

Crews will replace the existing two-span reinforced concrete arch bridge with a new two-span precast concrete arch structure.  The new bridge will have an aesthetic stone finish on the support abutments and wing walls. 

The new bridge will be 160 feet long and 37 feet wide. It will have two 11-foot travel lanes, a six-foot wide sidewalk adjacent to the northbound travel lane, and three-foot shoulders. 

The existing bridge was built in 1922.  It is 156 feet long and 27 feet wide.  The bridge is a contributing resource to the Point Pleasant Historic District.

Loftus Construction, Inc., of Cinnaminson, N.J., is the general contractor on the $5,970,000 project which is financed with 100 percent state funds. The new bridge is scheduled to open in May 2015.