Route 32 (River Road) will be closed and detoured between Walters Lane and Point Pleasant Pike in Tinicum and Plumstead townships, Bucks County from Monday, April 4, through Monday, April 25 for the removal of the temporary bridge at Point Pleasant.
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) says the three-week closure of Route 32 (River Road) is required to allow construction crews to safely remove the temporary bridge that was built to carry vehicles while a new concrete arch bridge was constructed over the Tohickon Creek. The contractor will also remove the construction platform and resurface the roadway approaches to the new bridge.
During the operation, passenger cars using Route 32 will be detoured over Point Pleasant Pike, Route 413 (Durham Road) and Dark Hollow Road. Local access will be maintained up to the construction zone on either side of the bridge. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the area. The contractor’s schedule is dependent on the weather.
A truck detour around the Route 32 (River Road) bridge construction remains in place. This detour, which was instituted February, 2015, takes large trucks over U.S. 202 and Route 611. The implementation of the truck detour was necessitated due to the alignment of the road and the temporary bridge.
Following this temporary closure, Route 32 (River Road) will reopen and motorists will travel on the newly constructed bridge.
Construction began in December 2013 to replace the former two-span, reinforced concrete-arch bridge on Route 32 (River Road) with a new two-span, precast, concrete-arch structure. The new bridge is adorned with an aesthetic stone finish on the support abutments and wing walls. It is 160 feet long and 37 feet wide. It has two 11-foot travel lanes, a six-foot-wide sidewalk adjacent to the northbound travel lane, and three-foot shoulders.