PennDOT Changes Timeline for Water Street Bridge Replacement Project

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Water Street Bridge

The Water Street Bridge, which was built in 1938 to replace a covered bridge across the Saucon Creek, is an important connection between Hellertown borough and western Lower Saucon Township. (FILE PHOTO)

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The Water Street Bridge, which was built in 1937 to replace a covered bridge across the Saucon Creek, is an important connection between Hellertown borough and western Lower Saucon Township.

An important connector across the Saucon Creek between Hellertown and Lower Saucon Township will be out of commission for a couple months while it’s replaced, but the inconvenience for local motorists will be relatively brief in comparison to other recent road projects.

Credit: PennDOT Engineering District 5-0

The aged Water Street Bridge is a critical link between Hellertown and parts of Lower Saucon Township.

On Wednesday, Jan. 25, PennDOT officials held an open house meeting at the Lower Saucon Township municipal building with updated information about their plans to replace the structurally deficient Water Street Bridge with a brand new $2.5 million span. Their displays provided new information and focused on revised detour routes, as well as a new Summer 2019 construction timeline that is moved back a year.

The meeting, known as a display meeting, featured handouts for attendees, and large maps showing new detour routes and what the finished bridge will look like.

Attendees were invited to view the maps up close and ask questions of both the PennDOT and KCI Technologies representatives.

Eric Martz, a representative of KCI Technologies Inc., the engineering firm that will construct the bridge, was available to field questions.

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