SELLERSVILLE — Work on one Main Street bridge is almost done while work on another will soon begin.
The bridge over the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek by the firehouse is expected to be completed by mid-June, Borough Manager David Rivet said.
"Of course, that's weather dependent," he said.
There may also be some restoration work on adjoining properties to be done after that, but the work on the bridge should be completed, he said.
"They're moving right along with that," Rivet said.
The bridge is not closed during the construction, but traffic has been slowed at times by the work.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has also notified the borough that a $4,695,000 contract was awarded to Loftus Construction, Inc., of Cinnaminson, NJ, to rehabilitate the Main Street bridge over the SEPTA-owned railroad tracks.
"This project was driven by the need to rehabilitate the bridge, originally built in 1927, which is in a deteriorated condition and considered structurally deficient. The concrete deck and bridge abutments are in poor condition," Kenneth McClain, PennDOT district executive, wrote in a May 10 letter to Sellersville Mayor Thomas Hufnagle.
The bridge currently is posted with a 15 ton weight limit, he wrote.
"The bridge rehabilitation involves removing the concrete deck, sidewalks and pedestrian railings in order to repair, strengthen and paint the steel single-span pony truss," McClain wrote. "The bridge deck, sidewalks, and abutment back walls will be replaced and the pedestrian railings will be repaired, reinforced and reinstalled."
Construction will begin this summer, but the bridge will remain open until this fall, at which point Main Street will be closed between East Church Street and West Church Street, he wrote.
The detour route, which is expected to be in effect through October 2020, will be Route 152 (Park Avenue/State Road), the Route 309 Sellersville bypass, Lawn Avenue and Route 563 (Ridge Road), he wrote.
The work is 100 percent financed with state funds, he wrote.
The bridge over the SEPTA tracks was closed for about three months in 2014 for a $110,000 emergency repair project, News-Herald archive articles show.