PennDOT Extends Time for Pocono Township “Stites Tunnel” Bridge Replacement
Updated: Oct 17, 2019
Sorry to say, that Route 191 detour will be lasting several months longer as PennDOT announced today that the work to replace the PA 191 “Stites Tunnel” Bridge over Paradise Creek in Pocono Township, is now expected to last into early May 2020.
Originally planned to be finished in December, the state reports that unexpected water conditions will cause the project to be extended into the spring. The tunnel was closed when replacement work began in early January of this year.
“Excessive water infiltration inside the tunnel is causing this project to take longer than anticipated. Colder weather will also limit the amount of work performed over the next several months, so we have extended the work into next year,” Assistant Construction Engineer Darren L. LePage said. “We appreciate everyone’s patience as we complete this challenging bridge project.” (He is assuming a lot there!)
Work includes replacing the PA 191 Bridge over Paradise Creek and bridge roadway approach structures, installing new guide rail and line paint, and concrete repairs to the roadway tunnel under the Delaware Lackawanna Railroad.
Other work will occur after the bridge opens (final paving, landscaping, etc.).
The section of PA 191 between PA 447 and Stites Mountain Road remains closed and detoured for this project. The posted passenger vehicle detour utilizes PA 715 and Clubhouse/Cherry Lane Road. A separate posted truck detour routes truck traffic on PA 447 and PA 390.
The PA 191 Bridge is a steel girder bridge that was constructed in 1911 and reconstructed in 1941. It is 533 feet long, 35 feet wide, and is posted with a 9-ton weight restriction (17-tons for combination vehicles). The new bridge will be a concrete box culvert that is 345 feet long, 33 feet wide and will have no restrictions. This section of PA 191 has an average daily traffic volume of 5,147 vehicles.
H&K Group, Inc. of Skippack, PA is the general contractor on the $8 million project.
PennDOT also wanted us to remind you to check 511PA before you travel for the latest conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles. Visit www.511PA.com, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 950 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
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