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Commissioners Reopen County Bridge No. 293 (Gravel Hill Rd. Over Mill Creek) In Upper Southampton Twp.

July 14, 2015

The Board of Bucks County Commissioners has reopened County Bridge No. 293, which carries Gravel Hill Rd. over Mill Creek in Upper Southampton Township. A bridge ribbon-cutting ceremony with Commissioner Vice-Chairman Charles H. Martin and Commissioner Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW, as well as representatives from Upper Southampton Township, took place on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 14.

Ribbon Cutting on Bridge 293 with Commissioners Martin and Marseglia and Upper Southampton officialsCounty Bridge No. 293 was originally constructed in 1860 and is a 34-foot long by 17-foot, one-inch wide two span close spandrel stone masonry arch structure. Due to a partial collapse of one of the downstream stone masonry arch spandrel walls, the bridge was closed to traffic during May, 2014. Final design and permitting was completed during November, 2014. Bids were received December 3, 2014, and construction started in March, 2015.

“We are happy to be able to reopen this important bridge in Upper Southampton as we continue to move forward with our bridge improvement agenda,” said Commissioner Martin, who is a resident and former township supervisor of Upper Southampton Township.

The scope of the bridge rehabilitation consisted of a rebuild of the collapsed portion of the stone masonry spandrel wall and rebuild of adjacent portions of masonry arch and masonry wing wall. Additional bridge work included: installation of approach guiderail and safety end treatments; installation of bridge signage; repaving over bridge and the approaches; scour protection consisting of stone rock protection; replacement of portions of concrete parapet cap; cleaning and painting of corrugated steel arch lining; and re-pointing of portions of the stone masonry substructure.

Swale built next to Bridge 293 to better direct runoff into the creek and away from the BridgeCounty Bridge No. 293 was considered “structurally deficient” due to the bridge’s collapsed masonry arch spandrel wall. With the completion of the repairs, the bridge will no longer have that designation. In addition, by the eliminating this “structurally deficient” designation, Bucks County was permitted to use State Act 13 Highway Bridge Funds to cover the entire construction cost of $248,859.50. Carroll Engineering of Warrington completed the bridge design and permitting. Professional Construction Contractors, Inc. of Bethlehem performed the construction work.

The bridge is one of 115 throughout the county that is maintained by the General Services Division.