November 23, 2016
A change in traffic control on the Camelback Road bridge spanning Pocono Creek in Pocono Township, Monroe County will begin today, November, 23. The bridge has been reduced to one lane of traffic alternating in each direction, with temporary traffic signals, since September 6 to be replaced as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.
With phase one of the bridge project complete, traffic has returned to two lanes for the winter. Construction crews will begin phase two in mid-March 2017. During phase two, temporary traffic signals will be reinstalled, and there will again be one lane of alternating traffic in each direction. Work is expected to be completed in late May 2017.
This bridge is one of 558 structurally deficient (SD) bridges being replaced statewide under the Rapid Bridge Replacement 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 allows PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impact on motorists.