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2015 News

Commissioners Re-Open County Bridge No. 240 (Schwenkmill Rd.) in East Rockhill Township

April 20, 2015

The Board of Bucks County Commissioners has reopened County Bridge No. 240, which carries Schwenkmill Rd. over the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek in East Rockhill Township. Commissioners Robert G. Loughery, chairman, Charles H. Martin and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW, made the announcement during their April 15 business meeting.

“We are excited to announce the completion of this project, which is one of several ongoing efforts to repair and ensure the future viability of our County-owned bridges,” Chairman Loughery stated.

The bridge design and permitting was completed by Carroll Engineering Corporation of Warrington. Professional Construction Contractors of Bethlehem, PA performed construction at a cost of $769,799.

Bridge No. 240 was originally constructed in 1883 and reconstructed in 1937. It is an 82-foot long by 15-foot, nine-inch wide single span steel Pratt Pony truss structure. Due to significant deterioration to the structural steel stringers and steel truss components and other effects of vehicular impact, the bridge was closed to traffic on July 24, 2013. Final design and permitting was completed by May, 2014, and the County received bids on July 25, 2014. Construction commenced in October, 2014, and concluded last week.

The scope of the bridge rehabilitation consisted of replacement of the bridge’s steel stringer beams, replacement of the wooden deck with an open grid steel grate, rehabilitation and painting of steel trusses, and installation of structure-mounted railing across the bridge span. Additional work included reconstruction of the concrete abutment seats and concrete back walls, reconstruction of one of the stone masonry wing walls, installation of approach guide rail, installation of bridge signage, repaving of the approaches, installation of concrete abutment collars and stone rock protection, and repair of the stone masonry substructure.

Because Bridge No. 240 is historically significant, plans for the project were reviewed and approved by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Bureau of Historic Preservation.

The Bucks County General Services division maintains 115 County bridges.