PennDOT has announced it has reopened all lanes on the bridge carrying Oxford Valley Road over U.S. 1 in Falls, Lower Makefield and Middletown townships, Bucks County.
PennDOT’s contractor worked since November 2016 to rehabilitate the 167 foot-long bridge by replacing two steel beams; straightening four steel beams with the use of high heat; performing full-depth concrete bridge deck repairs; placing a new latex concrete overlay on the bridge deck; and repairing concrete support abutments. The work also included new expansion dams as well as upgrades to Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) components. Following its rehabilitation, the bridge is no longer categorized as structurally deficient.
Some ancillary work remains to be completed, and for that reason, northbound and southbound U.S. 1 is scheduled to close at the Oxford Valley Road Interchange in Falls, Lower Makefield and Middletown townships, Bucks County, from Sunday, August 20, through Friday, August 25, from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM, for shielding removal, painting and cleanup. During the closure, U.S. 1 motorists will exit at Oxford Valley Road and then re-enter the highway at the entrance ramps at the interchange.
Crews began construction on November 14, 2016, to rehabilitate the Oxford Valley Road bridge. The structure remained open to traffic while the contractor repaired structural damage sustained when the bridge was struck by an oversized truck on June 29, 2015.
Built in 1972, the three-span, steel-I beam bridge is 90 feet wide. The structure carries 31,000 vehicles a day.