The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 1, 2012

New bridge on Iron Bridge Road near Middleburg opens Friday

The Daily Item

— MIDDLEBURG - The old truss bridge on Iron Bridge Road, Route 3007 near Middleburg, has been removed. In its place is a new, modern concrete bridge which will be opened to traffic Friday afternoon.

Susquehanna Valley Construction Corporation, Inc. is doing the finishing work on the new bridge over Middle Creek this week, the state Department of Transportation said.

Once the new bridge is open, the detour will be lifted.

The old bridge was rated as structurally deficient, functionally obsolete and was posted with both weight and height restrictions.

The new bridge has no restrictions and is capable of handling all legal-sized loads.

The old bridge was 115 feet long, a single-lane, single-span truss bridge built in 1932.

The new bridge is a two-span, 148-foot long concrete bridge. It has two 12-foot wide travel lanes, a concrete deck and no vertical height restrictions.

Except for some minor finishing work, this $1,054,000 bridge replacement contract is expected to be completed this week, about two weeks ahead of schedule.