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Bridge replacement underway, roadwork projected in Sellersville

CHRIS RUVO

Momentum is starting to build for key roadway improvement projects in Sellersville.

A contractor for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has commenced work on the three-span bridge that carries Main Street over the Perkiomen Creek near the Sellersville’s Fire Department’s headquarters.

Contractor J.D. Ekman of Atglen is performing the bridge replacement project under a contract worth about $4.5 million. Federal and state funds are paying for the project, early activity for which has had crews executing pipe drainage work, removing trees, constructing an access road and relocating utilities, officials said.

Ultimately, the Ekman team will construct a new two-span, pre-stressed concrete bulb-tee beam bridge.

New sidewalks, resurfacing of bridge approaches, safety upgrades and other improvements will occur as part of the project that will result in a 56-foot-wide by 153-foot-long bridge.

Expected to be finished by spring 2019, the project will come with lane restrictions at times. Even so, the area will remain open to pedestrians and two-way vehicle traffic, officials said.

“This is a key transportation project for this region, one that has been a long time in the making,” said Gov. Tom Wolf in a statement. “This is a significant bridge replacement not just for Sellersville Borough, but that region of Bucks County. It is critical to the area businesses as well as those who live and travel in that area.”

Officials say a new bridge is a necessity because the current span is structurally deficient. Built in 1940, it’s posted for limits of 13 tons and 17 tons for combination vehicles. That restricts large vehicle traffic, including many emergency vehicles, the borough said.

In addition to the PennDOT Main Street bridge replacement, Sellersvile is eyeing a borough-run road improvement project.

Bidding closed Feb. 1 on a job that entails performing roadway overlay on Winard Circle and Washington Avenue. Council could award the job to the winning low bidder at its Feb. 12 meeting.

Borough Manager David Rivet offered more particulars on the project.

“The work is expected to start in June after school lets out, however, the exact dates will be determined at the pre-construction meeting with the successful bidder,” Rivet said. “The job is a relatively small one; I would expect it would take four weeks, give or take, to complete. There will be times sections of the streets will be closed to all but local traffic and emergency vehicles.”

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