Midway through a 60-day closure, the work to repair the failing Bingen Road Bridge in Lower Saucon Township is on schedule, township manager Leslie Huhn confirmed Wednesday.
Huhn said in an email that she had reached out to PennDOT representatives for a progress update on the bridge, which closed to traffic on June 13 and is expected to reopen in mid-August before school begins.
“They have notified me that the deck placement portion of the project has been completed and stated they are on schedule as proposed,” she said.
J.D. Eckman is the contractor for the project, which has necessitated a detour around the closure. The official detour route includes Hickory Hill Road, Seidersville Road, Rt. 378 and Black River Road.
Other roads that have seen increases in traffic as a result of the closure include Reading Drive, Bingen Road south of the bridge and Saucon Valley Road between Bingen Road and Rt. 378. Some local roads such as Quarter Mile Road and Sunderland Drive have also had traffic counts increase as motorists seek a shorter detour route around the closure.