Route 23 Bridge Reopens Ahead of Schedule
Much to the delight of commuters and local residents, the Route 23 Bridge reopened on October 6, 2015, ahead of the originally planned schedule. The bridge is located in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania and spans the Pickering Creek in Chester County. It is a key route between Valley Forge and Phoenixville that is traveled by 20,000 motorists a day.
Burns was retained by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 6-0 to complete the preliminary and final design for the superstructure replacement. Burns completed the design of new prestressed concrete beams and reinforced concrete deck to replace the deteriorated steel I-beams and concrete deck and provide a smooth riding surface. The existing reinforced concrete piers were analyzed and new reinforced concrete caps were designed to allow for fixed bearings and the elimination of deck joints to minimize deterioration of the new beams from joint leakage. Construction of the $1.7 million PennDOT project was started in April 2015.