– In an effort to keep the public informed, Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton) plans to provide updates on the Blue Church Road South Bridge replacement project. The 84-year-old bridge in Upper Saucon Township has been closed since last summer.
On Nov. 19, one of his staff members joined township officials and concerned residents at a meeting requested by Simmons with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) officials at District 5 headquarters in Allentown. They were told the bridge had to be closed due to safety concerns after an inspection revealed severe deterioration to the structure caused by flooding.
PennDOT officials said the earliest the bridge could be replaced is next summer, but a number of issues have to be resolved before the time schedule is finalized, including permitting, property acquisition and protecting the potential habitat areas of the Bog Turtle, which is an endangered species.
“I want to thank PennDOT for holding the meeting and agreeing to keep us informed as the work moves forward,” said Simmons. “The Blue Church Road South Bridge averages more than 2,600 vehicles a day and its closure has forced those drivers to find alternate routes. So there is great interest in having the project completed as soon as possible.”
Simmons added that project updates will be included in his weekly emails and on his Facebook page at Facebook.com/RepSimmons
. Residents can register to receive his email at RepSimmons.com
. Updates will also be provided to the township and posted on PennDOT’s website.
Representative Justin Simmons
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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