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Montco holds Arcola Road bridge meeting


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

For The Times Herald
Press release from Montgomery County
LOWER PROVIDENCE The Montgomery County Commissioners and the staff of the Department of Assets and Infrastructure will conduct a public meeting at 7 p.m., Aug. 12 to discuss the current situation with the Arcola Road bridge over Perkiomen Creek, which is owned by Montgomery County.
The meeting, which will be held at the Arcola Intermediate School auditorium at 4000 Eagleville Road, will include discussion of future inspections, potential closing, proposed replacement schedule and resultant detours.
The Arcola Road bridge, built in 1931, is slated to be replaced in a joint effort by the Federal Highway Administration, the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Montgomery County with funding responsibilities being 80 percent, 15 percent and five percent respectively.
Preliminary design for the bridge is complete, and is now undergoing final design. The current bridge will be replaced with a modern bridge that meets current PennDOT design standards for capacity and safety. It will include a pedestrian walkway.
In order to complete the replacement, the bridge will be required to close for 15 to 18 months requiring a detour.
The bridge currently has a 3-ton weight limit based on inspection findings in February 2013. If the bridge continues to deteriorate at its current rate, it will ultimately be closed to traffic prior to the start of construction.