Route 73 bridge at Friedensberg Road to be Replaced
OLEY – Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) last week met with PennDOT officials at the Oley Township municipal building to discuss plans to replace the Route 73 bridge near the intersection of Friedensberg Road in front of Weis Market.

“Because of the planned work, this week PennDOT will post weight restrictions for trucks more than 17 tons and combination trucks more than 24 tons,” Maloney said. “This is going to be a major issue for heavy truck traffic, but passenger vehicles and smaller trucks should not be impacted too badly.”

The bridge was discovered to have deficient beams during a normal inspection. Work on the bridge is to start after Jan. 1, 2013, unless PennDOT can obtain a construction waiver and start sooner. Local officials and some of the effected local heavy industry whose trucks use the bridge daily also attended the meeting.

“First and foremost is public safety during the construction process,” Maloney said. “PennDOT notified me of this project’s scope and timeline two weeks ago and we contacted several of the most impacted groups, such as Oley Valley School District, Berks Career and Technology Center, local trucking companies and farmers,” Maloney said. “There is a tremendous amount of planning that needs to take place because of possible detours.”

PennDOT estimates more than 15,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily.

State Representative David Maloney
130th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Charles Lardner
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