The Valley Creek Road bridge over Broad Run (between Sunset Hollow and Conner Roads) was damaged by a vehicular accident in July 2017. The bridge was closed while the Township initiated an inspection to determine the extent of the damages. Unfortunately, while the inspection indicated that the damage caused by the accident was limited to the bridge railing and railing support system, it also indicated that the bridge foundation has been undermined by high water levels in Broad Run to the point where the bridge can no longer safely convey expected traffic loads.
Throughout the fall, the Township collected information and evaluated options. The paragraphs below summarize the Township’s ongoing progress:
December 2017 – The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to replace the Valley Creek Road Bridge over Broad Run. The current bridge, believed to be circa early 1900’s, will be replaced with a similar one-lane, two-way bridge at the same location, in an effort to preserve the scenic characteristics of the area. The Township expects the design, permitting, and construction process to take approximately one year to complete. In the interim, the bridge will remain closed and all current detours will remain in effect.
January 2018 – Supervisors authorized Carroll Engineering to commence the design and engineering work required to replace the Valley Creek Road bridge over Broad Run. The first phase of this work involves site surveys and geotechnical work that will inform the remainder of the bridge design. Existing features will be mapped, underground utilities will be located, and soil borings will be collected and analyzed. Throughout the remainder of the winter, you may see survey crews on site collecting information. We expect to have preliminary plans available for public review later in the spring. Barring any unanticipated discoveries during the design, construction should be underway this fall.
February 2018 – The field survey is complete and the base mapping of existing features is in progress; the geotechnical investigation is scheduled to occur this month (weather permitting). This initial work will lead into the preliminary bridge design phase. Carroll Engineering anticipates that they will be able to submit the required permits to DEP this spring.