Rt. 73 Bridge Restrictions Lifted; New Repair Plan Will Eliminate Detours, Maloney Says
BOYERTOWN – The 17-ton weight restriction on the Route 73 bridge over Little Manatawany Creek in Oley that had been in place since Nov. 28 was lifted Monday after PennDOT worked throughout the weekend reinforcing the span’s beams that an inspection had revealed were deteriorating, Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) said today.
Maloney has been in conversations with state Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch to find a way to prevent the bridge from being shut down for an extended period of time next year when a complete replacement of the bridge’s superstructure will take place.
This week, PennDOT engineers advised Maloney that in the spring road crews will use alternating lane closures to keep the bridge open to all traffic, including heavy trucks, for the duration of the bridge repair, eliminating the need for a lengthy detour.
“This is very good news for the residents, companies, and school districts that would have been adversely affected by a bridge closure,” Maloney said. “PennDOT’s engineers found an alternative way to repair the bridge without inconveniencing motorists.”
The 17-ton weight restriction that had been in place for the past several weeks had required a 36-mile detour over Routes 73, 12, 422 and 662.
Representative David Maloney
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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