July 19, 2017
The Middle Creek Road (Route 1039) bridge, which spans Middle Creek in Ephrata Township in Lancaster County, reopened to traffic at around 3:15 PM this afternoon. Middle Creek Road is officially designated as State Route 1039. This bridge was replaced as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and allows PennDOT to remove it from the state's structurally deficient bridge list.
The bridge was closed the week of May 8 for the replacement project. The original closure was scheduled for 75 days, but the project team was able to expedite construction and complete the project 3 days ahead of schedule. Replacement work was performed by Walsh Construction II.
The new crossing is longer and wider than the one it replaced and is designed with a 100-year lifespan.
This bridge is referred to as JV-269 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.