The bridge that carries Route 214 over the south branch of the Codorus Creek in Seven Valleys reopened at 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The bridge, which was closed since June 8, was under construction to demolish and replace the former bridge structure that was built in 1926.

The $2,097,834 design/build contract was awarded Nov. 3, 2010, to J.D. Eckman, Inc. of Chester County, and included project design, removal of the existing structure, construct a two-span pre-stressed concrete box beam bridge, roadway approach reconstruction, drainage work and guiderail installation.

This section of Route 214 averages more than 4,000 vehicles each day, according to the news release.

Thought the new bridge is now open to traffic, the contractor will return in the spring, when weather conditions improve, to finish paving. All the work should be done by April.



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