New weight restrictions to bridges in Berks County and region

Eighty five state-owned bridges in PennDOT District 5’s six-county region will be posted with new or lowered weight restrictions to slow the rate of deterioration of those bridges and ensure safety.

Those structures are among about 1,000 structurally deficient bridges statewide that PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch authorized for new or added weight restrictions on Thursday.

PennDOT must take this step because of legislative inaction this past June on transportation funding, leaving the department’s future resources in question.

Reducing the weight traveling on these bridges will slow down their deterioration and preserve safety while funding for their repairs remains uncertain.

Below is the list of state-owned bridges in the six-county District 5 in east central Pennsylvania scheduled to get postings in the coming weeks along with the new weight restrictions (the weight limits are tentative and subject to change). The list includes combination loads, primarily tractor trailers, which have higher weight limits because of the difference in how their weight is distributed:

Berks County

PA 61 over Laurel Run in Muhlenberg Township, 34 tons or 40 tons for combinations;

US 422 over Tulpehocken Creek in Womelsdorf Borough, 30 tons or 35 tons for combination loads;

PA 625 over Angelica Creek in Cumru Township, 32 tons or 40 tons for combination loads;

PA 645 over a tributary to Crosskill Creek in Bethel Township, 32 tons or 40 tons for combination loads;

PA 724 over Angelica Creek in Kenhorst Borough, 17 tons or 28 tons for combination loads;

Crystal Ridge Road over Sacony Creek in Greenwich Township, 12 tons or 15 tons for combination loads;

Windsor Castle Road over Windsor Creek in Windsor Township, 17 tons or 23 tons for combination loads;

Creek Road over Ontelaunee Creek in Albany Township, 13 tons;

Forge Dale Road over Bieber Creek in Rockland Township, 13 tons;

Bertolet Mill Road over Pine Creek in Oley Township, 30 tons or 34 tons for combination loads;

Bellevue Avenue over Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Rail Road in Muhlenberg Township, 29 tons or 36 tons for combination loads;

East Chestnut Street over a branch of West Swamp Creek in Washington Township, 30 tons or 40 tons for combination loads;

Mill Street over a branch of West Swamp Creek in Washington Township, 18 tons or 21 tons for combination loads;

West Wyomissing Avenue over Wyomissing Creek in Cumru Township, 15 tons or 23 tons for combination loads;

Tulpehocken Forge Road over Mill Race in Marion Township, 23 tons or 25 tons for combination loads; and

Centre Avenue over Norfolk Southern Rail Road in the City of Reading, 12 tons or 22 tons for combination loads.

Schuylkill County

PA 125 over Little Mahantango Creek in Eldred Township, 22 tons or 32 tons for combination loads;

US 209 (West Broad Street) over Wabash Creek in Tamaqua Borough, 28 tons;

PA 339 over Catawissa Creek in North Union Township, 33 tons or 40 tons for combination loads;

Hancock Street over Mill Creek in Saint Clair Borough, 36 tons or 40 tons for combination loads;

Tuscarora Park Road over Little Schuylkill River in Rush Township, 36 tons or 40 tons for combination loads;

New Philadelphia Road over Pine Creek in West Brunswick Township, 26 tons or 36 tons for combination loads;

Sweet Arrow Lake Road over Swatara Creek in Washington Township, 33 tons or 36 tons for combination loads;

Dutchtown Road over Big Run Creek in Butler Township, 14 tons or 25 tons for combination loads;

West Main Street over Mahanoy Creek in Butler Township, 31 tons or 34 tons for combination loads;

Creek Road over Mahantango Creek in Eldred Township, 13 tons; and

State Run Road over Shenandoah Creek in Girardville Borough, 32 tons.

Carbon County

PA 93 over Quakake Creek in Packer Township, 34 tons or 40 tons for combination loads;

PA 534 over Swamp Run in Kidder Township, 13 tons or 20 tons for combination loads; and

Little Gap Road over Little Aquashicola Creek in Lower Towamensing Township, 30 tons or 40 tons for combination loads.

Lehigh County

PA 29/PA 100 over Indian Creek in Upper Milford Township, 31 tons or 40 tons for combinations;

PA 29 over Norfolk Southern Rail Road in Upper Milford Township, 30 tons or 38 tons for combination loads;

Cedar Crest Boulevard over Little Cedar Creek in the City of Allentown, 29 tons or 34 tons for combination loads;

Camp Meeting Road over Saucon Creek in Upper Saucon Township, 35 tons or 40 tons for combination loads;

PA 329 over the Lehigh River in Whitehall Township, 25 tons or 38 tons for combination loads; and

Limeport Pike over a tributary to Saucon Creek in Upper Saucon Township, 13 tons or 20 tons for combination loads.

Monroe County

PA 191 over Cherry Creek in Stroud Township, 35 tons or 40 tons for combination loads;

PA 191 over Analomink Creek, 9 tons or 17 tons for combination loads;

US 209 over Marshalls Creek in Smithfield Township, 31 tons or 38 tons for combination loads;

US 209 over Middle Creek in Polk Township, 25 tons or 38 tons for combination loads;

PA 314 over Swiftwater Creek in Paradise Township, 16 tons or 20 tons for combination loads;

PA 390 over Leavitts Branch in Barrett Township, 27 tons or 35 tons for combination loads;

PA 447 over Brodhead Creek in Barrett Township, 16 tons or 20 tons for combination loads;

PA 715 over Pocono Creek in Pocono Township, 21 tons or 25 tons for combination loads;

PA 715 over McMichaels Creek in Chestnuthill Township, 12 tons;

PA 940 over Tobyhanna Creek in Tobyhanna Township, 30 tons or 40 tons for combination loads;

Lower Swiftwater Road over Paradise Creek in Paradise Township, 33 tons or 38 tons for combination loads;

Wooddale Road over Ruliffs Run in Stroud Township, 27 tons or 31 tons for combination loads;

Bush Road over Forest Hills Run in Paradise Township, 33 tons or 40 tons for combination loads;

Marshalls Creek Road over Marshalls Creek in Middle Smithfield Township, 16 tons or 26 tons for combination loads;

Tom X Road over Longshore Creek in in Middle Smithfield Township, 32 tons or 36 tons for combination loads;

Snow Hill Road over Stony Creek in Price Township, 9 tons or 13 tons for combination loads;

Upper Swiftwater Road over Forest Hills Run in Paradise Township, 33 tons or 40 tons for combination loads;

Bridge Street over Pocono Creek in Stroud Township, 34 tons;

Manor Drive over McMichael Creek in Hamilton Township, 28 tons or 32 tons for combination loads;

Cherry Valley Road over Caldena Creek in Smithfield Township, 12 tons;

Shiffers Road over PA 33 in Hamilton Township, 12 tons;

Business Route 209 over Kettle Creek in Hamilton Township, 18 tons or 27 tons for combination loads;

Business Route 209 over Pocono Creek in Stroudsburg Borough, 34 tons;

Gap View Drive over Marshalls Creek in Smithfield Township, 25 tons or 30 tons for combination loads,

Kunkletown Road over Pohopoco Creek in Polk Township, 28 tons;

Kunkletown Road over Meixell Creek in Eldred Township, 34 tons or 40 tons for combination loads;

Merwinsburg Road over Pohopoco Creek in Chestnuthill Township, 11 tons or 18 tons for combination loads;

Sugar Hollow Road over Sugar Hollow Creek in Chestnuthill Township, 8 tons or 14 tons for combination loads;

Sugar Hollow Road Tributary to Sugar Hollow Creek in Chestnuthill Township, 35 tons or 40 tons for combination loads;

Mount Eaton Road over Aquashicola Creek in Ross Township, 30 tons or 36 tons for combination loads;

Sugar Hollow Road over Sugar Hollow Creek in Chestnuthill Township, 13 tons or 22 tons for combination loads;

Setzer Road over Kettle Creek in Hamilton Township, 13 tons;

Pennsyl Creek Road over Appenzell Creek in Hamilton Township, 32 tons or 37 tons for combination loads;

Rimrock Drive over Mill Race in Hamilton Township, 12 tons;

Rimrock Drive over Pocono Creek in Hamilton Township, 27 tons or 31 tons for combination loads;

Rimrock Drive over McMichaels Creek in Hamilton Township, 13 tons;

Camp Akiba Road Akiba Creek in Jackson Township, 26 tons or 32 tons for combination loads;

Camp Akiba Road over Appenzell Creek in Jackson Township, 13 tons;

Camelback Road over Pocono Creek in Pocono Township, 22 tons or 26 tons for combination loads;

Main Street over Tobyhanna Creek in Coolbaugh Township, 32 tons; and

Warner Road over Pocono Creek in Pocono Township, 35 tons or 40 tons for combination loads.

Northampton County

Kromer Road over PA 33 in Plainfield Township, will close;

Newburg Road over the East Branch of Monocacy Creek in Upper Nazareth Township, 25 tons or 29 tons for combination loads;

Newburg Road over a tributary to Monocacy Creek in Lower Nazareth Township, 26 tons or 33 tons for combination loads;

Whitetail Deer Drive over the West Branch of the Monocacy Creek in Moore Township, 13 tons;

Hoch Drive over a tributary to Hokendauqua Creek in Moore Township, 18 tons or 21 tons for combination loads;

PA 512 over Bushkill Creek in Bushkill Township, 34 tons or 40 tons for combination loads;

Bushkill Drive over the West Fork of Bushkill Creek in Bushkill Township, 27 tons or 34 tons for combination loads; and

Howertown Road over Dry Run in Allen Township, 16 tons or 30 tons for combination loads.

PennDOT will begin posting bridges with weight limits as soon as Aug. 29. Notifications to school-bus operators, emergency-service providers and other local officials will begin today. Posting on local bridges will take place at a later date after PennDOT discusses these changes with local bridge owners.

To view the bridges with new or lowered weight restrictions or to learn more about bridge weight restrictions and PennDOT’s bridge-inspection program, visit the PennDOT homepage at www.dot.state.pa.us and click on “Bridge Information.”