The 15th Street Bridge closed on Monday, August 6 for some much needed repairs. The bridge will be closed until the project is completed. Message boards announcing the closing are scheduled to be activated today.
The 15th Street Bridge was built in 1957, and handles an estimated 20,000 vehicles a day. The heavy use has resulted in deteriorated areas of the structure. The two current structures that make up the bridge are both steel and concrete, and will both be replaced by a new concrete bridge.
Crews have installed a temporary traffic signal at 15th and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to help traffic being detoured off of 15th street turn onto MLK Drive. Detour signs have also been posted.
J.D. Eckman Inc. of Atglen, Pennsylvania is the general contractor for the $8.4 million project. Funding for the project is 80% Federal, 15% State, and 5% City. It is expected to take up to 18 months to complete.