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News for Immediate Release

Aug. 29, 2014

Picture (Device Independent Bitmap) 1New PA 191 Bridge is Open in Nazareth Borough, Northampton County

Allentown – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today the new PA 191 Bridge over a cement conveyer belt in Nazareth Borough, Northampton County is open. A project began in March to replace the old structurally deficient single-span adjacent box-beam bridge with a new single-span concrete arch bridge.

During construction, PA 191 was closed and detoured from PA 248 to South Street. The posted car detour was PA 248/Easton Road/Bath Pike, Gracedale Avenue, Seip Avenue, Spring Street and Mauch Chunk Street. The posted truck detour was PA 248/Easton-Nazareth Highway and PA 33. The posted pedestrian detour was PA 248/Easton Road, South Main Street and South Street.

Clearwater Construction, Inc. of Mercer, Pa. was the general contractor on the $1,103,000 project.

The PA 191 Bridge was originally constructed in 1901. It was 39 feet long and 58 feet wide. The new bridge is 20 feet long and 46 feet wide. This section of PA 191 has an average daily traffic volume of 17,526 vehicles.

Source: PennDOT Engineering District 5.


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