The West King Street bridge (highlighted in yellow at top) could be replaced in Summer 2019
POTTSTOWN PA – The structurally deficient West King Street bridge that carries both cars and pedestrians across Manatawny Creek, often to many events held annually at Memorial Park, is expected to be replaced during the summer of 2019, members of Pottstown Borough Council learned Monday (July 10, 2017) during a public hearing, according to a report in The Mercury.
Reporter Evan Brandt wrote the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation estimates the replacement cost at about $3.5 million, and work would not begin until sometime after the Independence Day 2019 holiday. The existing bridge is 60 years old, and is estimated to carry more than 9,000 vehicles daily. Construction could take six to nine months to complete. Detours would be in effect.
“The new bridge will also have bike lanes and eight-foot sidewalks, instead of the current four-foot sidewalks,” Brandt wrote. Additionally, both council members and comments from the public indicated a strong desire to have the bridge serve as an attractive, welcoming fixture to the park, with a design which mirrors that of the High Street bridge installed in May 2012.
- Read Brandt’s story, titled “PennDOT outlines King Street bridge replacement in Pottstown” and published July 11 (2017) in The Mercury, here.
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