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Contract awarded for Route 443 bridge project in Schuylkill Haven

PennDOT has awarded a contract for the long-awaited replacement of the Route 443/Columbia Street Bridge in Schuylkill Haven, the agency announced.

Richard E. Pierson Construction Co. of Woodstown, N.J., won the $4.2 million to replace the span over the Schuylkill River.

A PennDOT spokesman said there is no start date yet but added that anticipated completion is in July 2024.

The next step toward getting the project in motion is to schedule a pre-construction meeting between PennDOT, the contractor and others. During that meeting they are to determine a notice-to-proceed date, which will be the first day the contractor can work.

The pre-constriction meeting is expected to be scheduled some time in the next month.

PennDOT says Route 443 will remain open during the project. There will be occasional delays, mostly during overnight hours, to move beams into place or perform similar tasks, according to the spokesman.

The existing arch bridge is to be replaced with a two span, pre-stressed concrete box beam bridge with two travel lanes, shoulders, and sidewalks. The current bridge is 137 feet long and 32 feet wide. The new bridge will be 140 feet long and 40 feet wide.

The project also includes upgrading the traffic signals at the intersection of Columbia and Berne streets. Crews will install new signals on mast arms at all four approaches. There will be pedestrian push buttons and pedestrian signals. And the signal for traffic on westbound Route 443 turning left on southbound Berne Street will have a left turn arrow, according to PennDOT.

Source: Berkshire mont

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