Penrose Avenue Bridge (Route 291)

NEWS ALERT!   PennDOT Reopened Platt Bridge (Route 291) to Four Lanes in SW Philadelphia

King of Prussia, PA,

Lane Closures and Traffic Stoppages Saturday and Sunday on Bartram Avenue at Route 291 (Penrose Avenue) Overpass in Philadelphia

Lane closures and a series of traffic stoppages are scheduled on Bartram Avenue at the Route 291(Penrose Avenue) overpass in Philadelphia on Saturday (June 11) and Sunday (June 12) from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for overhead bridge work, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said today.

Bartram Avenue will be reduced from two lanes to one in each direction and traffic will be stopped 18 times each morning while crews install cables beneath the overhead Route 291 (Penrose Avenue) bridge. Each traffic stoppage on Bartram Avenue will last up to 15 minutes.

This operation marks the start of PennDOT's $42,776,325 project to repair, paint and preserve the George C. Platt Bridge (Route 291) over the Schuylkill River and the approach structures on Route 291 (Penrose Avenue).

Crews will work the next two years to repaint the Platt Bridge's steel truss and the structural steel underneath the approach spans to protect them from the elements. The contractor also will rehabilitate and resurface the center truss spans; resurface the concrete approach spans; repair structural steel; replace or improve expansion joints; repair concrete piers; repair and replace guide rail; and replace damaged pedestrian railings.

The three-span Platt Bridge and the 90 approach spans cover a length of 8,780 feet. The bridges are 53 feet wide. The structures were built in the late 1940s and early 1950s and rehabilitated in 1984.

This improvement project is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds. Construction is scheduled to finish in November 2013.

PennDOT's general contractor is the joint venture of Hercules Painting Company, Inc. of New Castle, Pa. and Vimas Painting Company, Inc. of Lowellville, Ohio.

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