Wire Mill Bridge in Allentown to be closed till December

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – A bridge in Allentown will quickly shut.

Beginning on Monday, Might 16, the Wire Mill (South Lehigh Road) Bridge might be closed for substitute, in response to a information launch from the town. The Lehigh County-owned bridge crosses the Little Lehigh Creek and carries South Lehigh Road, Route 145, positioned in Allentown.

The present bridge is a two-span metal I-beam bridge with an open grate deck, constructed in 1940. The superstructure of the bridge bears upon stone masonry abutments and a stone masonry pier.

The bridge span is roughly 116 ft and has a curb-to-curb width of 42 ft. Either side of the present bridge have sidewalks.

The present challenge, which might be managed by the Pennsylvania Division of Transportation, contains the demolition of the present construction and contains the development of a brand new two-span bridge that can carry 4 lanes of site visitors (two lanes in every path) and can embrace sidewalks.

The Discover to Proceed for the challenge was issued on January 20, 2020. The bridge has remained open to site visitors whereas the assorted utility corporations positioned adjoining to or on the bridge accomplished the work to improve and relocate their services. The bridge contractor, Kinsley Building, Inc., has constructed a brief pedestrian bridge alongside the westerly facet of South Lehigh Road.

Pedestrians can use the non permanent bridge throughout building to cross the Little Lehigh Creek. Nevertheless, vehicular site visitors might be detoured starting Might 16, when the bridge might be closed.

Building is scheduled to be accomplished and the brand new bridge opened to site visitors on December 2, 2022. The crew working hours are anticipated to be 6 a.m. to five p.m.

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