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King of Prussia, PA,
Overnight Closure of Eastbound Platt Bridge Scheduled in Southwest Philadelphia
The George C. Platt Memorial Bridge (Route 291) in southwest Philadelphia will be closed to eastbound traffic from 8 p.m. Tuesday (July 24) to 4 a.m. Wednesday (July 25) for the installation of an overhead speed display sign, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced today.
During the overnight closure, eastbound Route 291 traffic will be detoured over Island Avenue to Enterprise Avenue to Interstate 95 North to Broad Street to Pattison Avenue to Route 291/Penrose Avenue.
PennDOT's contractor is installing the speed display sign on the bridge, which is under construction, to alert motorists of their traveling speeds. The posted speed limit on the bridge is 35 miles per hour.
This work is part of PennDOT's $43 million project to keep the Platt Bridge in sound structural condition for the next 30 years. The contractor is painting the bridge's steel truss and structural steel underneath the approach spans to protect them from the elements; rehabilitating and resurfacing the center truss spans; resurfacing concrete approach spans; repairing structural steel; replacing or improving expansion joints; repairing concrete piers; repairing and replacing guide rail; and replacing damaged pedestrian railings.
The $42,776,325 project is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds. Construction is scheduled to finish in June 2014.
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.
Visit www.plattbridge.com for additional information on the Platt Bridge improvement project.
PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to www.511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on major highways before heading out.
For more PennDOT information, visit www.dot.state.pa.us. Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPhilly.