The Board of Bucks County Commissioners has reopened County Bridge No. 36, which carries Stockton Ave. over the Aquetong Creek in New Hope Borough. A bridge ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on the morning of Tuesday, December 22.
“We are pleased to have the Stockton Ave. bridge back in service for the residents of New Hope as well as those who visit this wonderful destination community,” Commissioner Chairman Robert G. Loughery stated. “The opening continues our effort to ensure the future viability of our 115 County-owned bridges.”
County Bridge No. 36 originally was constructed in 1910. In 1974, the bridge was rehabilitated and widened to add a second sidewalk across the structure. The bridge is a 259-feet long by 20-feet three span reinforced concrete open spandrel arch structure. It is the County’s longest span bridge currently in operation.
During the summer of 2014, a regularly scheduled inspection of the bridge identified significant structural deterioration in one of the concrete piers and both concrete abutments. At that time, one of the bridge’s two sidewalks was closed to pedestrian traffic. Final design of the repairs was completed in 2015, with bids for construction following during the summer of 2015. On Oct. 19, 2015, the bridge was closed to all traffic and implementation of the repairs commenced.
The scope of the bridge rehabilitation included substructure concrete repairs to both the north and south abutments and the south pier. Workers also provided supplemental concrete supports below the western sidewalk at the top of the south pier. This work was necessary to re-establish safe conditions for the closed sidewalk located above the construction area. Although the majority of the work completed is concealed under the bridge, additional top surface repairs that are visible to drivers and pedestrians were made to the concrete deck and both sidewalks.
The repair work was coordinated by the County’s bridge consultant, Carroll Engineering Corporation of Warrington. Construction was performed by Bi-State Construction Company, Inc., of Easton, PA, at a cost of $236,538.