AMITY — The long wait for the reopening of the Route 562 bridge in Amity Township is nearing an end.
The bridge is on target to reopen next week, about a year after originally planned, PennDOT officials confirmed Monday.
Commuters noticed over the weekend that the bridge appeared finished because the contractor's equipment was gone, prompting a lot of social media buzz.
“The contractor anticipates opening it within the next week, but there will be final paving that will occur after winter,” said Ronald J. Young, PennDOT spokesman.
The $2.5 million project began in May 2018 as a simple six-month bridge replacement but became much more involved when contractors realized the footing for the bridge pier needed to be redesigned because the ground under the Manatawny Creek was deeper than anticipated.
As a result, additional design work was necessary. The 146-foot-long bridge is a half-mile east of the village of Yellow House. It has an average daily traffic volume of 5,845 vehicles, many commuting through Boyertown to Route 100, which stretches from Allentown to West Chester, Chester County.
Detours are still marked along Old Airport Road and Route 662.
Route 562 extends 13 miles from St. Lawrence through rural areas of eastern Berks County that are being developed to Boyertown.
The bridge was initially built in 1938, then reconstructed in 1972.New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co., Bedford County, is the primary contractor.