Merlin Road Bridge Replacement Project

December 21, 2023

Contact: Krys Johnson,

PennDOT to Begin Construction on Merlin Road Bridge Replacement in East Pikeland Township, Chester County

King of Prussia, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that construction is scheduled to begin Tuesday, January 2, 2024, to replace the bridge carrying Merlin Road over Pigeon Run in East Pikeland Township, Chester County

Motorists are advised of the following travel restriction:

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through or near the work areas because backups and delays will occur. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.

Under this contract, PennDOT’s contractor will replace the 24-foot-wide, 16-foot-long steel I-beam structure with a concrete box beam bridge that will measure 27 feet and 6.5 inches in width and 18 feet in length. The new bridge will allow for 10-foot-wide travel lanes and 2-foot-wide shoulders to improve traffic safety. Other improvements include new signage and roadway design features through pavement markings; milling and resurfacing; drainage; and guiderail replacements.

The existing bridge was built in 1908 and reconstructed in 1950. The structure is listed in poor condition, with severe corrosion, pitting, and rust. The bridge carries an average of 1,923 vehicles a day.

Lobar Site Development Corporation of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, is the general contractor on the $962,774 project which is financed with 100% state funds. The entire project is expected to be finished in fall 2024.

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Posted: December 22, 2023