Most work is on the bridges only with minor approach work.
Bridges 3-152 and 3-161 both are structurally deficient. Bridge 3-152 is the primary entry route into downtown Laurel, on US 13A, and is currently posted for 13 tons. This bridge needs to be capable of safely carrying all DE legal loads including fire and rescue. BR 3-161 is currently posted for 15 tons and needs rehabilitation. Both bridges have been identified as needing work by the Pontis Bridge Management System.
This project involves the rehabilitation of both bridges. The work for Bridge 3-152 includes the replacement of the main steel superstructure with concrete beams with a concrete deck. The new beams will sit on new abutments constructed behind the existing abutments. The existing counterweight and steel girders will remain in place to maintain the bridges historic character. The work for Bridge 3-161 includes painting the existing steel and repairs to the pier and abutment.
Design work will be completed no later than Spring 2017.
Construction should be complete by Spring of 2019.
The bridge on Central Avenue will be completed first before work begins on Poplar Street so that both roads will not be closed at the same time. BR 3-162 on Delaware Avenue over Broad Creek will be completed before work begins on the Central Avenue and Poplar Street bridges.
(Reviewed and Updated on 2/22/2017)