BIRMINGHAM—The heavily traveled Lenape Road Bridge on Route 52 in Birmingham Township will close beginning Aug. 19 for nine months as PennDOT begins a $3.4 million project to repair it.
Nearly 9,500 vehicles use the bridge every day.
Safety repairs will be made to the 107-year-old bridge which spans the Brandywine Creek Floodplain and is located near the Brandywine Picnic Park, which is currently up for sale.
According to PennDOT, crews will strengthen and restore the deteriorating seven-span, stone masonry arch bridge, built in 1912, taking care to maintain the bridge’s historical integrity and aesthetics. Work is estimated to cost $3.4 million.
On Monday, Aug.19, Route 52 will close between Pocopson and Creek roads, with traffic detoured over Pocopson Road, Route 926 (Street Road) and Birmingham Road.
Before the closure and detour is implemented, traffic signal work, including timing modifications, will take place at the intersections listed below, with limited impact to motorists:
Temporary advanced left turn light to be installed on eastbound Route 926 (Street Road) at Birmingham Road; temporary advanced left turn light to be installed on southbound Route 52 (Lenape Road) at Birmingham Road; and permanent flashing yellow left turn arrow to be installed on eastbound Route 926 (Street Road) for left turns onto northbound Pocopson Road.
As construction progresses, Creek Road will also close for approximately seven months later this year, between Route 926 (Street Road) and Route 52 (Lenape Road). During the closure, Creek Road motorists will be detoured over Route 926, Birmingham Road and Route 52.
Local access will be maintained up to the work zone for both closures.
Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling near the work areas and all work is weather dependent.
Lenape Bridge is a historic stone arch bridge which has seven spans, each 44-foot-long, with a total length of 308 feet. The bridge was constructed in 1912, of random rubble stone. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.
The bridge is expected to re-open in May 2020.