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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced that construction is scheduled to begin this month to replace the bridge carrying Route 282 (Creek Road) over a tributary of the Brandywine Creek in East Brandywine Township. The bridge in question is immediately south of the Hopewell Road and Creek Road 3-way stop. Beginning Monday, December 18, Route 282 (Creek Road) will be closed and detoured between Hopewell Road and Dowlin Forge Road. Route 282 (Creek Road) motorists will be directed to use Dowlin Forge Road, Rock Raymond Road, Hopewell Road and Corner Ketch Lyndell Road. Local access will be maintained up to the construction zone. The new structure is expected to be completed in March 2018.
PennDOT’s contractor will replace the bridge with a concrete rigid frame system as well as upgrade all safety features. The new structure will be 17 feet long and 31 feet wide.
Built in 1923, the existing structure is a one-span reinforced concrete slab bridge. It is 17 feet long and 26 feet wide, and carries an average of 2,571 vehicles a day. It is currently posted for 30 tons, and 40 tons for combination vehicles. Upon completion of construction, the weight restrictions will be removed.