COLLEGE TOWNSHIP — Work to replace a bridge on East Branch Road is set to begin in April 2016, the second in less than five years.
The deficient bridge spans Slab Cabin Run near Country Club Road.
The first bridge replaced on the road, also over Slab Cabin Run but between Cliffside Drive and Sandpiper Drive, was completed last year between June and November.
Branch Road was closed the entire time, a hardship for some businesses and residents.
The second bridge project could take as little as two months, according to information from the township.
The state Department of Transportation will evaluate different design structures in an effort to speed up construction.
“PennDOT is committed to minimizing the construction duration for this bridge replacement project,” said project manager Robert Jaconski. “Since we are very early in the design process, an evaluation has not yet taken place.”
The new bridge will be slightly wider than the current version, with two 11-foot travel lanes and two 5-foot shoulders. Overhead utilities will be moved.
Also part of the project will be a redesign of the Country Club Road and Branch Road intersection. It will become a T intersection to respond to safety issues, after three reportable rear-end crashes in the past five years.
PennDOT also plans to trim trees in the area to improve sight distance.
The bridge accommodates more than 10,000 vehicles per day, on average. Slab Cabin Run is designated as a cold water fishery, so construction must take place between April and October.
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