Pennsylvania Rapid Bridge Replacement Project

PennDOT, Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners complete 390th bridge

Published 28 December 2017

HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA – Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and its development partner Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP) wrapped up the 2017 construction season with the opening of their 390th bridge.

When this multi-year project is completed, PennDOT will have replaced 558 structurally deficient bridges with its Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

“Both PWKP and PennDOT have worked very hard on this innovative, complicated project that will speed the delivery of improved bridges across the state, especially in rural areas,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards.

“Both Governor Wolf and I are committed to improving transportation to all areas of Pennsylvania and this program is fulfilling that pledge.”

“We have a lot to be proud of on this historic project,” said Plenary Group Head of Delivery Ed Dice.

“PWKP demonstrated its ongoing commitment to excellence in 2017. Our achievements on this project are a culmination of hard work, coordination and a commitment to safety, which will continue in 2018 and for the future of the project.”

Rapid Bridge Replacement Project successes in 2017 included:

  • PWKP completed a total of 218 bridges,
  • 96 percent of all bridge replacements were completed on time or ahead of schedule,
  • 284 bridges are now under maintenance responsibility of Walsh Infrastructure Maintenance for the next 25 years,
  • PWKP construction teams have worked a total of 1,464,901 man-hours; and
  • more than 500 subcontractors have performed work on the project.

Bridge replacements to date across 61 counties in Pennsylvania include:

  • 241 single span bridges,
  • 12 multiple-span bridges,
  • 129 box culverts; and
  • eight pipe culverts and arch bridges.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is an US$899 million public-private partnership (P3) awarded by PennDOT to PWKP.

PWKP includes Plenary and Walsh Investors, LLC providing financing and long-term management; a joint-venture construction team of Walsh Construction Company and Granite Construction Company; HDR as lead design firm; and Walsh Infrastructure Management which will provide maintenance for a 25-year period upon completion of the bridges. 

To see the bridges included in the state-wide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania visit

Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be found at or by calling the project hotline at 877-444-9990 or email Turn on Javascript!

Project media contacts

Rich Kirkpatrick, PennDOT 717-783-8800

Jeff Rossi, Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners 412-596-1832


Stephanie Williamson

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