– Rep. Tim Hennessey (R- Chester/Montgomery), chairman of the House Transportation Committee, announced today the reconstructed Route 724 bridge over Ecker’s Run in North Coventry Township, Chester County, will re-open this Friday afternoon.
“The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) conducted its final inspections of the bridge today and everything looks great,” said Hennessey. “PennDOT officials informed me the bridge will open tomorrow afternoon when line painting and other final preparations are completed.”
The bridge, located within the Laurel Locks Farm property between Catfish Lane and Sheep Hill Road, has been closed since Sept. 30, 2021, after it was severely damaged by flooding during Tropical Storm Ida. The need for permits, waivers, construction easements, and federal approvals for historical considerations, contributed to the duration of the project.
“With so many regulatory requirements, what initially seemed like a small bridge replacement turned into a much more involved project,” said Hennessey. “As chairman of the House Transportation Committee, I appreciate the regular communication I have received from PennDOT’s district officials and engineers who were actively involved in the project. They kept me updated on the progress of the plan and issues that arose. Throughout, I emphasized the need to expedite every step of the process to keep this project on track. I am grateful we are now at the point where we can enjoy the use of this important thoroughfare.”
Representative Tim Hennessey
26th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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