The Mill Creek Road Bridge finally reopened Monday afternoon. The short span crosses Martins Creek in Falls Township.
First closed in Aug.of 2018, crews have worked to replace the bridge’s entire structure. It was originally scheduled to open within a year, but uncooperative weather slowed progress.
In the end, the new bridge cost slightly more than $2 million to build. County Director of Operations Kevin Spencer says the bill did not increase despite delays.
Spencer noted the bridge project included an upgrade to Martins Creek. Workers cleared vegetation and widened the creek. The increased flow has also solved a flooding problem for a nearby homeowner.
Bucks County Commissioners Diane Ellis-Marseglia, Bob Harvie, and Gene DiGirolamo joined Spencer at a ribbon cutting Monday.
Patrons at the nearby Mill Creek Inn said they were happy the bridge was open. However, they voiced disapproval with the six month delay. Several neighbors came out to walk over the newly opened bridge.
First built in 1961, the Mill Creek Road Bridge deteriorated over time. When bridge inspectors found it needed replacement, the Board of Bucks County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the project. The board, at the time, consisted of Ellis-Marseglia, as well as former Commissioners Charlie Martin and Rob Loughery.
Before it went down, the bridge serviced about 3,000 vehicles before day. It served many trucks, and the new span has no official weight limit.
Bi-State Construction Co., based in Easton, completed the project. PennDOT will reimburse 80 percent of the final cost to the county.