Toepel Announces Graterford Road Bridge Reconstruction Preliminary Timeline
7/1/2014
HARRISBURG – Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) announced the bridge connecting Graterford Road to Route 29, which was closed just weeks ago due to structural problems, is on track to be replaced as soon as 2015 with money from the recent transportation funding law she voted for in the state Capitol.

“The revenues from the new transportation funding bill will directly benefit local residents,” said Toepel. “The new funding is an essential part of this project. The new bridge will be able to carry fire trucks, ambulances, school buses and other vehicles, which is important for our communities.”

The bridge connects Perkiomen Township and Skippack Township.

Toepel spoke with stakeholders from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Perkiomen Township and Skippack Township, to bring all three together and identify the plan of action.

Many travelers are using the Plank Road Bridge as an alternative to the Graterford Road Bridge, which has added to traffic congestion in the area and on Route 29.

Traffic congestion at the intersection of Route 29 and Plank Road, as well as the intersection of Route 29 and Ott Road, is expected to increase while the Graterford Road Bridge is being reconstructed. The first phase of the process is aimed at streamlining traffic through these intersections with a new traffic pattern.

“The first goal is to take fast action to improve the traffic at those points of congestion,” said Toepel.

Reconstruction work on the Graterford Road Bridge is expected to begin in 2015. Funding for the reconstruction was made available through Act 89 of 2013. Toepel voted for the legislation in the House.

“Without that funding, we would be looking at a much longer wait to have this bridge rebuilt,” Toepel said.

The two piers that carry the current bridge will be used to hold the new bridge, which will cut down on the reconstruction timeframe. A new deck structure and road will be built on the existing piers.

“I’m committed to working with local elected officials, municipal workers and PennDOT to push this project forward,” Toepel said. “We are very fortunate to have the funding available through the recent state transportation funding law.” 

Representative Marcy Toepel
147th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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