Many safety feature improvements were completed as part of the rehabilitation project. With concrete wingwalls and the roadway and intersection alignment, sight distance for pedestrians and motorists at the intersection was improved by lowering the height of the walls. Guiderail was installed across the bridge, as well as transitioning onto the approaches, in accordance with current PennDOT standards.
As with all McCormick Taylor projects, safety is important for the motoring public, but it is also important to the workers who performed the rehabilitation on this bridge. While developing the rehabilitation design, it was determined that the steel trusses were coated with a lead-based paint system, as are many structures of this vintage. The County of Berks and Greenwich Township wanted the bridge returned to its original splendor. Once all the truss repairs were completed, a containment structure was built around the bridge and the lead paint was removed, properly disposed of, and the steel was repainted.
HOW WE HELPED
Key elements of this rehabilitation design included replacement of the truss pins and floor system, replacement of the deteriorated bituminous filled metal deck pans with a new laminated timber deck, erosion and sediment measures, and safety feature improvements.
Construction was completed in July of 2020 by Road-Con, Inc., from West Chester, PA, and the rehabilitated bridge is now posted for a 10-ton weight limit.