An additional 20 bridges are expected to start construction by the end of April for the Pennsylvania Rapid Bridge Replacement project

Penn Bridge progress: 20 more bridges to start by month’s end

Published 19 April 2018

Harrisburg, PA – There are 390 bridges are complete and open to traffic, with 50 more under construction for Pennsylvania's US$899 million Rapid Bridge Replacement project.

As part of the statewide project, an additional 20 bridges are expected to start construction and eight are scheduled to complete construction by the end of April.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie Richards said the project is making significant investments in bridges across the state to enhance safety and commerce.

"This project complements our robust program by further reducing our number of structurally deficient bridges," Ms Richards said.

Through the project and other PennDOT investments, more than 1,600 bridges were repaired or replaced from 2015-2017 and the number of structurally deficient state-owned bridges, or bridges considered in poor condition, has dropped to 3,098 from a high of more than 6,000 in 2008.

Plenary Head of Delivery Ed Dice said Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners is honored to be partnered with Secretary Richards and her team at PennDOT.

"Together, we have taken an innovative approach to finance, replace and maintain more than 500 bridges across Pennsylvania, and this approach is being closely followed in the global infrastructure community,” Mr Dice said.

Mr Dice said the public-private partnership approach allows PennDOT to replace 558 of its poor-condition bridges more quickly while minimizing impact on motorists.

Tasked with delivering the US$899 million design and construction project, Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners is financing, designing, constructing and maintaining the bridges. PennDOT will be responsible for routine maintenance such as snow plowing, debris removal and incident first response.

In 2015 the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation contracted the Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners consortium – comprising Plenary Group and Walsh Investors, LLC; Walsh Construction Company and Granite Construction Company; HDR; and Walsh Infrastructure Management – to finance, design, construct and maintain the bridges for 25 years post-completion.

Read the full PennDOT media release.

For more information visit the Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners website.

 

Stephanie Williamson

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