Coopersburg’s E. Station Ave. Bridge to Close May 8 for $1 Million Repair Project

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The E. Station Avenue Bridge in Coopersburg borough was built in 1885 and will be closed for the summer for a rehabilitation project.

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The E. Station Avenue Bridge in Coopersburg borough was built in 1885 and will be closed for the summer for a major rehabilitation project.

A heavily-used but structurally deficient bridge in Coopersburg borough will close May 8 for a rehabilitation project that will cost nearly $1 million, PennDOT announced in an email Wednesday.

“The Wolf Administration announced today that work is scheduled to begin next week to rehabilitate the structurally deficient East Station Avenue Bridge over a tributary to Saucon Creek in Coopersburg Borough, Lehigh County,” PennDOT said. “East Station Avenue connects two heavily traveled roads in the borough, and
the bridge rehabilitation work will allow weight restrictions to be removed from the bridge.”

Starting Monday, May 8, E. Station Avenue will be closed and detoured between
Main Street and Rt. 309, and will remain closed for the duration of the project.

The posted detour will utilize Main Street, Fairmount Street and Rt. 309.

Motorists are advised to expect delays and use caution traveling on the detour route.

The E. Station Avenue Bridge is a masonry arch bridge built in 1885 that currently has an average daily traffic volume of 2,452 vehicles.

It is 19 feet long, 40 feet wide and posted with a 35-ton weight restriction.

“The bridge will be rehabilitated to include concrete repairs, repointing the stone masonry, construction of a concrete wall, new drainage pipes and inlets, line painting and other miscellaneous construction,” PennDOT said. “When work is complete there will be no posted weight restriction.”

J.D. Eckman Inc. of Atglen, Pa., is the general contractor on the $981,877 project that is expected to be completed in October.

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89) or those on the department’s Four and 12 Year plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.

Motorists can also check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com.

511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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