Chester County, Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation
For more than a century, the Westtown Road Bridge carried traffic over Chester Creek in Pennsylvania. Over the years, the structure needed many repairs and yet the bridge remained a historical treasure, boasting eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places. PennDOT finally closed the bridge in 2003 due to its deteriorated condition.
URS Corporation was awarded a contract under “emergency procurement procedures” for a quick and effective solution. Their design included two CON/SPAN ® arches to span separate channels of the creek. The final structure appears similar to the original structure, with a faux-brick finish applied to the arches and a faux-stone finish to the walls.
“We realized significant savings on the construction cost and duration over traditional cast-in-place concrete construction” said Rex Mackey, senior civil engineer and manager with PennDOT. “While still adhering to all the modern criteria of structural, roadway and hydraulic design and meeting the project’s need to fit within the location’s historic and natural setting”
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