HARRISBURG, PA – May 14, 2019 – Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and Representative Craig Staats (R-145) announced today that work will begin this summer on a $4.7 million project to rehabilitate the Main Street bridge in Sellersville Borough, which is on the Commonwealth’s list of structurally deficient bridges.
The goal of the project is to provide a bridge capable of handling the volume of expected long-term traffic along the state highway and to provide roadway improvements such as guardrail repairs and pavement restoration.
“I am excited about this important infrastructure improvement and what it will mean to the Sellersville community,” Sen. Santarsiero said. “Investment in our roads and bridges pays dividends for our local economy and improves the safety of travel for residents and visitors.”
“This much anticipated bridge improvement project will substantially improve public safety in Sellersville in the near term and for years to come,” Rep. Staats said. “The project will also allow for the higher traffic volume expected in the future. We may experience short term inconvenience while the work is being done, but I believe area citizens will be pleased with the result.”
The Main Street bridge, which was built in 1927, is in a deteriorated condition and considered structurally deficient. Both the concrete deck and bridge abutments are in poor condition. The bridge currently posts a weight limit of 15 tons.
The project will remove the concrete deck, sidewalks, and pedestrian railings in order to repair, strengthen, and paint the steel single-span pony truss. The bridge deck, sidewalks, and abutment backwalls will be replaced and the pedestrian railings will be repaired, reinforced, and reinstalled.
Construction on the project will begin this summer with minimal impact to motorists. Main Street will be closed between East Church Street and West Church Street come autumn. Motorists will be directed to use Route 152 (Park Avenue/State Road), Route 309 (Sellersville Bypass), Lawn Avenue, and Route 563 (Ridge Road). The detour will remain in effect until October 2020.
Funding for the project has been financed entirely with state funds.