One down, 557 to go.
According to a press release from Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), the Public-Private Partnership (P3) project to rebuild 558 bridges all across Pennsylvania over the next three years completed its first rapid bridge replacement project in Butler County on August 31, as the W. Cruickshank Road crossing over Glade Run in Middlesex Township reopened.
The bridge was closed for reconstruction in mid-June and reopened to traffic the morning of Friday, August 28. The work was performed by Clearwater Construction. The Pennsylvania based bridge and highway contractor completed the job about five days ahead of schedule.
The new crossing is longer and wider than the one it replaced and is designed to last as long as 100 years. The original bridge was built in 1929, and carried about 1,000 vehicles per day.
The bridge replacements are part of the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, a Public-Private Partnership (P3) between PennDOT and PWKP, under which PWKP will finance, design, replace and maintain the bridges for 25 years. As part of PWKP, Walsh/Granite JV will oversee construction. Larson Design Group is involved in the bridge design, survey, environmental, and construction inspection. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impact on motorists.
To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.P3forPA.pa.gov. Additional information on the project, the team and how to bid on the project can be found at www.PARapidBridges.com.