May 08, 2017
Construction for the PA 33 South bridge, spanning US 22 in Bethlehem Township, Northampton County, is scheduled to begin soon as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. Replacement of this bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Northampton County’s structurally deficient bridge list.
Motorists should expect intermittent nighttime shoulder and lane closures for shoulder reconstruction on ramps Eastbound and Westbound 22 from 10.30 p.m. to 5.30 a.m. and Southbound 33 from 8.30 p.m. to 5.30 a.m., beginning Wednesday, May 10 to Friday May 12. There will also be intermittent nighttime shoulder and lane closures for shoulder reconstruction on ramps, EB/WB 22 from 10.30 p.m. to 5.30 a.m. and SB 33 from 8.30 p.m. to 5.30 a.m., expected to begin between May 14 and June 9.
Construction of the bridge is expected to begin on Sunday, June 11. During this time, traffic will be shifted on both US 22 and SR 33. Motorists are advised to slow down and be aware of new traffic patterns that will be in place. Nighttime detours for demolition and beam erection will take place during construction, with demolition scheduled to begin mid-June. Future restriction information will be released as the project progresses.
The project is scheduled to be completed in late December. Schedules are subject to change.
This bridge is referred to as JV-198 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.
Media contact: Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners: Rory McGlasson, 484-408-0284.