Effective on Monday, March 6, 2017, Bucks County Bridge No. 15 will be closed to traffic in order to perform a major rehabilitation project. Bridge No. 15 carries Frosty Hollow Rd. over Mill Creek in Middletown Township. The bridge is expected to be out of service for approximately four months.
The major rehabilitation will consist of superstructure replacement, modifications to the abutment seats, repair of substructure elements, stream channel cleaning, approach roadway paving, approach guiderail upgrades, and bridge barrier and signage. The new bridge superstructure will consist of composite, pre-stressed concrete adjacent box beams and a reinforced concrete deck and sidewalk.
Bridge No. 15 was built in 1957 and is a single span non-composite, pre-stressed concrete adjacent box beam bridge with bituminous riding surface. The bridge measures 42 feet long and 32 feet wide with a four and a half foot sidewalk.
The County’s Emergency Services department has notified first responders of the closure. Middletown Township and Neshaminy School District have been notified as well. Detour signage will be set in place to direct traffic around the closure. During construction the detour will consist of Route 413, New Falls Road and Bristol Oxford Valley Road.
The County will initially fund the project out of the County Bond fund; however, the project is following the PennDOT retro-reimbursement program and as such 80 percent of the project cost of $635,000 will be reimbursed to the County. Bridge No. 15 is one of 115 owned and maintained by the County of Bucks and its General Services division.