Pennsylvania adds weight limits to more bridges

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Photo courtesy of PennDOT: Bellevue Avenue over Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Rail Road in Muhlenberg Township, 29 tons or 36 tons for combination loads
Photo courtesy of PennDOT: Bellevue Avenue over Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Rail Road in Muhlenberg Township, 29 tons or 36 tons for combination loads

Fourteen more state-owned bridges in the state Department of Transportation's District 5 region have now been posted with weight restrictions as part of a statewide effort to ensure bridge safety and preserve an aging bridge system.

For businesses, these restrictions could affect the delivery of products on heavy trucks.

About 1,000 bridges across the state have been added to the restricted list or seen their existing weight limit reduced.

According to PennDOT spokesman Sean Brown, 66 additional state bridges and 91 locally-owned bridges in PennDOT's District 5 will be posted with new or lower weight limits in the coming months. Some of them, he said, will be more prominent bridges, and PennDOT is taking time to make sure proper signage and notification is put into place before those restrictions are implemented.

The postings are a result of a lack of funding for repairs.

"We need to preserve these bridges that are already in need of repair, by placing these weight restrictions it will hopefully extend their life, because we don't really have the ability to fix them at this time," Brown said.

Among the latest bridge postings in District 5:

Berks County

• Bellevue Avenue over Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Rail Road in Muhlenberg Township, 29 tons or 36 tons for combination loads.

• West Wyomissing Avenue over Wyomissing Creek in Cumru Township, 15 tons or 23 tons for combination loads.

Monroe County

• Bush Road over Forest Hills Run in Paradise Township, 33 tons or 40 tons for combination loads.

• Business Route 209 over Kettle Creek in Hamilton Township, 18 tons or 27 tons for combination loads.

• Rimrock Drive over Pocono Creek in Hamilton Township, 27 tons or 31 tons for combination loads.

• State Route 191 over Cherry Creek in Stroud Township, 35 tons or 40 tons for combination loads.

• U.S. Route 209 over Middle Creek in Polk Township, 25 tons or 38 tons for combination loads.

• Business Route 209 over Pocono Creek in Stroudsburg Borough, 34 tons.

• Bridge Street over Pocono Creek in Stroud Township, 18 tons or 23 tons for combinations.

• Manor Drive over McMichael Creek in Hamilton Township, 28 tons or 32 tons for combination loads.

• Merwinsburg Road over Pohopoco Creek in Chestnuthill Township, 11 tons or 18 tons for combination loads.

In Northampton County

• Newburg Road over a tributary to Monocacy Creek in Lower Nazareth Township, 26 tons or 33 tons for combination loads.

• Newburg Road over the East Branch of Monocacy Creek in Upper Nazareth Township, 25 tons or 29 tons for combination loads.

In Schuylkill County

• West Main Street over Mahanoy Creek in Butler Township, 31 tons or 34 tons for combination loads.

Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

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