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Among improvements, Sellersville looks to rebuild road


Summer is shaping up to be a busy season for road work in Sellersville.

Work on a bridge replacement project that will ultimately close a main thoroughfare in the borough for about year is expected to begin this month.

And now, borough officials are lining up another project that will center on performing a roadway overlay on Green Street and reconstructing West Ridge Avenue.

Officials recently held a pre-bid meeting on the Green Street/West Ridge work with contractors interested in landing the job. The borough expects to receive bids on June 11 and subsequently award the project, which would then allow a schedule to be in put place.

“Work is expected to be done before school resumes in the fall,” said Borough Manager David Rivet.

That work figures to be significant. On West Ridge, for instance, the contractor will have to excavate the old roadway and subgrade, and install a new subbase as part of the reconstruction.

Meanwhile, Rivet told the Herald that Sellersville recently received word from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation that its contractor will begin, in June, the rehabilitation of the Main Street bridge that carries traffic over Septa-owned tracks.

The initial disruption to motorists will be minimal, officials said, but come October, Main Street will be closed between East Church Street and West Church Street. The closure is expected to last through October 2020, PennDOT said.

During the closure, a detour will direct motorists to use Route 152, Route 309, Lawn Avenue and Route 563.

Loftus Construction of Cinnaminson, N.J. is performing the bridge rehab for $4,695,000. State funds are paying for the project.

Built in 1927, the bridge is in a deteriorated condition, is considered structurally deficient, and needs the overhaul, officials said.

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