Closures & Delays

PROJECT DELAY FOR SWAMP PIKE BRIDGE #166

The health and safety of our residents is our number one priority, especially for our road and bridge projects. The County has invested tens of millions of dollars since 2013 to reduce – with the goal of eliminating – the number of structurally deficient bridges in our inventory. 

Safety is at the forefront of this project, and every project, and that is why we follow established protocol when working with PennDOT, our staff, and municipalities on road closures. As standard practice, we worked with New Hanover Township, their engineering staff, and PennDOT to plan for necessary detours because of the need to repair or replace structurally deficient bridges.

The detour routes for all four New Hanover Township projects were based on traffic analysis, presenting the lowest possible risk to public safety, and included the minimum increase in travel time possible. Based upon prior planning with all partners, which was approved, we believe we had a plan that met the safety needs of the community. 

However, due to concerns from the community, the County will delay the start of the bridge #166 project.  

After consultation with staff and our construction vendor, it is important to note the following impacts from the delayed start of the Bridge #166 project:  

  • The County will instruct the contractor not to begin construction as planned next week, but will instead request that the repair work begin on July 1, 2022. The contractor has indicated they cannot assure that they will be available to begin work on July 1, 2022. The County is vested in the completion of this project and will make every effort to work with the contractor to meet that timeline.
  • The County, by way of its taxpayers, will incur the cost to delay the contracted work on bridge #166. If the work is able to begin on July 1, 2022, which is an approximately 2.5 month delay, the estimated delay cost will be between $325,000 and $500,000. 
  • The County will request that work begin on July 1, 2022, as requested by New Hanover Township. This would be the requested start date regardless of whether the PennDOT project is completed. The chance of four projects in New Hanover Township happening at the same time with simultaneous road closures remains a possibility later this year even if work is delayed to July 1, 2022. 
  • Besides cost, impacts may include indefinite delay of the repair of Bridge 166 and a need to re-procure the contract work, depending upon the availability of the contractor. It is also possible that the County would need to place this project on hold until additional funds become available through the County’s budget. 

The County cannot guarantee that a July 1 start date will be met due to the above factors. We also cannot ensure that all four bridges of concern will not be closed at one time at a later date; due to the uncertainty of the completion of the PennDOT project. Finally, we cannot guarantee PennDOT inspections will not result in a State-mandated closure of other structurally deficient bridges in New Hanover Township.  

UPCOMING CLOSURE: Bridge 162 (Stump Road) 

Starting Monday, May 2nd, Stump Road will be closed to all traffic between Neshaminy Falls Drive and Overview Lane. This is to allow for the replacement of Bridge 162 which spans Little Neshaminy Creek. 

The road will remain closed for the duration of the work to replace the bridge, which is scheduled to last through late November. Please exercise caution and follow the posted detour.

Ongoing Bridge CLOSURE: Lutheran road over minister creek 

Based on an April 18, 2022, routine inspection by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Bridge 163, Lutheran Road over Minister Creek in New Hanover Township, was found to be deteriorated below the threshold for continued vehicle use and cannot safely remain open. Montgomery County's Department of Assets and Infrastructure will close the bridge effective today.

The condition of the bridge dictates inspection every three months, with additional inspections added in the event of storm damage.

Traffic will be detoured according to the already approved plans coordinated with PennDOT and the township.

Montgomery County has been working on the planned replacement of Bridge 163 and is currently scheduled to begin construction on June 20, 2022. Bridge 163 is scheduled to be completed and reopened in September 2022.

Ongoing Road Closure: PLYMOUTH ROAD IN LOWER GWYNEDD TOWNSHIP

Plymouth Road will be closed between Grasshopper Lane and Gypsy Hill Road, including the intersection with Evans Road. The closure is part of a Montgomery County contract to replace the existing bridge over Wissahickon Creek. The closure is being coordinated with PennDOT construction work on Route 202 and its closure of Plymouth Road at Evans Road. Based on discussions we have had with PennDOT, they are on target to complete on April 4 baring any weather or other delays.  We intend to close Plymouth Road on April 5 assuming the adjacent project is complete and Morris Road is open to traffic. Please know that all driveways and access to local businesses will remain open throughout the detour duration.

Ongoing ROAD CLOSURE: BUTLER PIKE 

Butler Pike will be periodically closed between Militia Hill Rd and Stenton Ave to support necessary PECO improvements. This stretch of road will be closed effective March 22. Please exercise caution and follow the posted detour signs when traveling in this area. 

Ongoing HURRICANE IDA UPDATE: BRIDGE CLOSURES

The following bridges and the roads they carry are closed as a direct result of Hurricane Ida. Our team is continuing our inspections and prioritizing repairs accordingly. We will continue to update this list as necessary.

HURRICANE IDA – CURRENT BRIDGE CLOSURES

Bridge #

Status

County Action Plans


6 – Mill Creek




Closed: Severe undermining




Detour to remain until bridge is replaced.



84 – Price Road




Closed: Damage to spandrel, parapet wall damage, and road approach



Assessment ongoing, detour plans are in design.