Urban Engineers was pleased to join the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and elected officials to celebrate the opening of the newly built bridge, carrying Route 926 over the Brandywine Creek in Birmingham and Pocopson townships, Chester County. The bridge is now officially open to traffic.
PennDOT improved Route 926 (Street Road) by replacing the 79-year-old bridge with a new three-span structure built at a higher elevation, rebuilding and raising 1,700 feet of the roadway approaches to make them less prone to flooding, replacing the nearby culvert over Radley Run with an 84-foot twin arch concrete culvert, and realigning 800 feet of Creek Road at its northern intersection with Route 926. Urban Engineers performed construction management services for the project, including project scheduling, supervising project control meetings, producing corresponding meeting handouts, and producing meeting minutes. The new, aesthetically-designed bridge resembles the current structure and has stone form liners covering the piers, and includes a higher, open railing.
“The completion of this new bridge will help boost local economies and bring enormous benefits to thousands of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians on both sides of Brandywine Creek by providing safer and more reliable travel,” PennDOT Assistant District Executive for Construction George Dunheimer said.
The previous four-span Route 926 (Street Road) bridge was built in 1937 and rehabilitated in 1974. The steel I-beam structure was 190 feet long and 26 feet wide. Before it closed for construction, the bridge was posted with a weight restriction of 26 tons and 33 tons for combination loads, and carried approximately 13,200 vehicles a day.