TPD provided construction services for the replacement of the Main Street Bridge (S.R. 1002, Section 02B) over Route 33 at the new Charles Chrin Interchange. The existing structure was two lanes and was replaced with a six lane, two span, 300 foot pre-stressed concrete bulb-tee beam bridge. The replacement required epoxy injection crack sealing, micropiling, and mechanically stabilized wingwalls.
The bridge was replaced as part of the construction of a new interchange to support development by the Chrin Companies. With over 1,000 acres available for development, this project came after a 30-year journey to spur development in this area. It is estimated that $350 million in new buildings employing over 5,000 people could be brought to the area. Building construction at these sites has begun as a few warehouses have already opened or are nearing completion, and plans have been filed for three more warehouses totaling 3 million square feet. Supporting hotel and retail development will follow soon.
The bridge replacement was administered through PennDOT’s ECMS and CDS/NextGen systems. Construction of the project was funded by the State and the inspection was paid for with 100% local funds (Township reimbursed by the Developer). The new interchange ramps were constructed using developer funds under a Highway Occupancy Permit (HOP) which required close coordination between the two different contractors constructing the interchange and the bridge.
Check out video from the ribbon cutting ceremony during the public opening of the bridge: