PennDOT closes Birmingham Rd. bridge

Citing structural damage, PennDOT closed the bridge carrying Birmingham Road over Radley Run in Birmingham Township indefinitely on Tuesday, Sept. 22, according to a press release.

PennDOT bridge engineers examined the structural damage and determined that a stone masonry abutment had sustained severe deterioration. Engineers will develop a plan to repair the structural damage, the release said.

During the bridge closure, which will include the area between Lambourne Road and Stoney Run Drive, through traffic on Birmingham Road will be detoured over Route 52, Creek Road and Route 926. Local access will be maintained up to the construction zone. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the area.

A PennDOT spokesman said the bridge was already on the department's radar and had been listed for repairs at a future date; however, PennDOT engineers discovered its worsening deterioration during a bridge inspection that prompted the closure.

The one-span steel beam bridge was built in 1938. It is 15 feet long and 26 feet wide. The structure was posted with an 18-ton weight limit, and it carried an average of 3,553 vehicles a day when it was closed, the release said.

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