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Arcola Road Bridge Replacement Project
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Background:


Montgomery County owns 133 bridges - 62 of which are classified as structurally deficient. Bridge #135, Arcola Road over Perkiomen Creek, at 290 feet in length, is the 6th longest bridge owned by the County. Arcola Road Bridge is currently classified as both structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. The bridge is in an advanced state of deterioration and following a routine inspection performed by PennDOT the bridge was closed on August 16, 2013.

Built in 1869 and rebuilt in 1931, the bridge is slated to be replaced in a joint effort by the Federal Highway Administration, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Montgomery County. The total cost of the replacement is estimated to be $7,750,000. The Federal Government will pay 80% of the cost, the State will pay 15% and the County will pay 5%. Preliminary design for the bridge is complete, and it is now undergoing final design.

Montgomery County, in its 2013 adopted Capital Budget, borrowed $7,755,000 to fund the replacement of this bridge. In addition, the County has restructured its Roads and Bridges department, hired experienced engineers to prioritize its bridge replacement program, and has budgeted approximately $164,000,000 on infrastructure over the next five years to repair and replace our aging infrastructure.

During the bridge reconstruction a detour route will be in place. The Arcola Road Bridge will be detoured along the following roads:
• -Arcola Road, 1.5 miles
• -Eagleville Road, 1.1 miles
• -Park Avenue, 0.5 miles
• -Eqypt Road, 0.9 miles
• -Cider Mill Road, 1.5 miles
The detour route is approximately 5.5 miles in total length.

For a copy of the August 12th, 2013 public presentation on the Arcola Road Bridge replacement project, as well as the project schedule and a map of the detour, please see below.


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Project Updates

Foundation Approval

Plans Approved on September 3, 2013

Final Structures Plan Approval 
Final Structure Plans are being developed

Right of Way Plan Approval
Plans Approved on June 27, 2013

Right of Way Acquisitions
Affected Property Owners have been notified

Erosion Control and Joint Permit Approval
MCCD Erosion & Sediment Pollution Control Permit approved on 10/7/2013
and PADEP Joint Permit approved on 1/23/2014