Construction for the Hamilton Street bridge, spanning Cedar Creek near the Hamilton Family Restaurant in Allentown, is scheduled to begin soon as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.
Construction is expected to begin during the week of February 5 and be complete in December 2018. During this time, one-lane of alternating traffic will be maintained north and south through the work zone.
Access for local businesses located north and south of the bridge on Hamilton Street will be maintained during construction phases. Motorists can access these businesses southbound via a short detour along South 21st Street to Reading Road and Yocco Drive. Motorists can access businesses located north of the bridge by following a short detour along North Saint Elmo Street to West Linden and North 20th Street.
In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change.
This bridge is referred to as JV-175 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.
The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impact on motorists.