ENR MidAtlantic Names US 422 Schuylkill River Bridge in Valley Forge One of Best Projects in 2021

Schuylkill River Bridge
Photo via J.D. Eckman Inc., via enr.com.
Schuylkill River Bridge.

ENR MidAtlantic has named the $96.6 million U.S. 422 Schuylkill River Bridge in Valley Forge as one of the best projects in 2021, according to a staff report from the ENR MidAtlantic.

The project replaced the Schuylkill River bridge on Route 422 with a modern pre-stressed concrete beam bridge and widened and reconstructed one mile of the road between the state Route 23 and Route 363 interchanges.

The reconstructed five-span bridge is 785 feet long and 146 feet wide which helps improve travel over the Schuylkill River, the Norfolk Southern Railroad, an Upper Merion Township trail, and the Schuylkill River Trail, along with a local town road.

It is crossed by an estimated 113,000 vehicles each day, including many commuters traveling between Pottstown and King of Prussia and Philadelphia.

During construction, the team working on the project developed four-phase maintenance and protection of traffic plan to minimize traffic disruptions due to the limited number of river crossings in the area.

The subcontractors were Carr & Duff Inc. (ITE/Electric); H&K Group Inc. (Paving/Pipe); Eastern Steel Constructors Inc. (Rebar); Ram-T Corp. (E&S).

The team also came up with some special mitigation measures to avoid harming wildlife native to the area.

Read more about the project in the ENR MidAtlantic.