Parkland Press

Saturday, November 17, 2018
PRESS PHOTO BY ANITA HIRSCHPennsylvania Department of Transportation Engineering District 5 recently began work to replace the structurally deficient Cedar Crest Boulevard Bridge over Little Cedar Creek in Allentown and South Whitehall Township. PRESS PHOTO BY ANITA HIRSCHPennsylvania Department of Transportation Engineering District 5 recently began work to replace the structurally deficient Cedar Crest Boulevard Bridge over Little Cedar Creek in Allentown and South Whitehall Township.
PRESS PHOTO BY ANITA HIRSCHPennDOT closed Cedar Crest Boulevard access to and from Broadway, near Century 21 Keim Realtors, 90 N. Cedar Crest Blvd. Century 21 remains open for business. PRESS PHOTO BY ANITA HIRSCHPennDOT closed Cedar Crest Boulevard access to and from Broadway, near Century 21 Keim Realtors, 90 N. Cedar Crest Blvd. Century 21 remains open for business.
PennDOT workers watch as construction work continues in front of John Yurconic Agency, 101 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., South Whitehall Township. PennDOT workers watch as construction work continues in front of John Yurconic Agency, 101 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., South Whitehall Township.

Bridge replacement underway at N. Cedar Crest, Broadway

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT sbryant@tnonline.com in Local News

Broadway at Cedar Crest Boulevard in Allentown and South Whitehall Township was recently closed to traffic so PennDOT can replace the Cedar Crest Boulevard Bridge over the Little Cedar Creek.

Cedar Crest Boulevard access both to and from Broadway will be closed for approximately six weeks.

During this closure, Broadway traffic will be detoured onto Mertz Lane, Haines Mill Road, Hamilton Boulevard and Ott Street.

During the Broadway closure, Parkway Boulevard access to and from Cedar Crest Boulevard will be right-in, right-out only.

When Broadway opens, Cedar Crest Boulevard access to and from Parkway Boulevard will be closed for approximately six weeks.

During this closure, Parkway Boulevard traffic will be detoured onto Ott Street, Hamilton Boulevard, Haines Mill Road and Mertz Lane.

Also during this time, left turns from northbound Cedar Crest Boulevard to Broadway will be restricted.

According to PennDOT, temporary stop signs will be placed on Haines Mill Road at the intersection with Mertz Lane and Dorney Park Road during the detours of Broadway and Parkway Boulevard.

One lane will remain open in each direction on Cedar Crest Boulevard during peak travel times.

There may be off-peak times, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. when lanes will be restricted on Cedar Crest Boulevard between Hamilton Boulevard and Chew Street.

There will be reduced speed limits in the work zone and motorists should expect delays and use caution traveling through the work zone.

Work on the project includes replacement of the bridge, new roadway approaches, new signs and guide rail, traffic signal upgrades, and other construction.

The structurally deficient Cedar Crest Boulevard Bridge, a single span 100 foot long and 168 foot wide concrete box beam bridge originally constructed in 1957, is currently posted with a weight restriction of 16 tons with 30 tons for combinations.

The new bridge will be 187 feet long, 77 feet wide, a triple cell concrete box culvert that will be unrestricted as far a weight.

This section of Cedar Crest Boulevard has an average daily traffic volume of 20,519 vehicles.

Kinsley Construction Inc. of York is the general contractor on the $4,921,444 project that is expected to be completed by November.

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, visit projects.penndot.gov.