PennDOT has announced that construction is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 21, on a project to rehabilitate the bridge carrying Thatcher Road over Kimples Creek in Haycock Township, Bucks County. The bridge is expected to reopen in late July.
Due to the nature of the repairs, Thatcher Road will be closed and detoured between Old Bethlehem Road and Covered Bridge Road. Thatcher Road motorists will be directed to use Old Bethlehem Road, Mountain View Drive and Route 313 (Dublin Pike).
Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the construction area because slowdowns will occur. The work schedule is weather dependent.
As part of the bridge rehabilitation, crews are repairing the existing concrete bridge deck using hydro demolition and applying a latex modified concrete overlay; resealing the existing deck joints at the abutments; performing concrete repairs to the substructure; replacing bridge railing; installing guiderail; and milling and paving the bridge approaches.
The Thatcher Road bridge over Kimples Creek was built in 1972. The one-span, prestressed concrete spread box beam bridge is 55 feet long, 48 feet wide and carries an average of 996 vehicles a day.