CCJM Designed Infrastructure Project Begins Construction in Historic NE Pennsylvania Town

June 15, 2011

CAMP HILL, Penn. - When the historic NE Pennsylvania town of Slatedale found itself threatened by the deterioration of the only two bridges that provided access through the town center, decisive action sustained this 150 year-old community. Infrastructure deterioration resulted in stringent weight limits affecting emergency services with no recourse except lengthy detours. The carefully developed collaborative solution resulted in a context sensitive plan for replacement of both the Main St and Grant St bridges over the waterway that bisected the community, ensuring unrestricted interaction across this tight-knit community.

Aerial ViewWith an aim to strengthen the community through improvement of the town’s infrastructure, CCJM proposed phased construction of two bridges, both of which are designed to improve roadway safety and provide pedestrian connectivity. The project was complicated by adjacent sites with potentially hazardous materials and the need to improve the waterway opening to reduce the potential for flooding while not significantly altering the roadway alignment in this confined location. CCJM’s two single span pre-stressed concrete bridge solutions accelerated the design and construction schedule for these critical linkages.

Construction commenced on this $2M project in early June with an aim to minimize disruption to the community  throughout the 18-mo construction period.

Project: Slatedale Bridge (SR 4018), PennDOT District 5-0, Lehigh County, PA

Anticipated Completion: October  2012

The CCJM Team led by Charles Babcock, PE preformed exceptionally well through various design and priority changes through this project’s progress. With the help of John Brubaker, PE; Michael Wagner, PE and Rudy Coringrato this project was delivered before its committed ABP (Accelerated Bridge Program) let date. This project started as a very low priority at its inception, and progressed to be an ABP (Accelerated Bridge Program) Project with an aggressive schedule. CCJM and their team reacted to the priority change and delivered the project before the ABP let date.

Heather Heeter
Project Manager
PennDOT, District 5-0

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