Video surveillance taking place this week for Weissport residents
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS This sign will be going up on Bridge Street in Weissport in spring to limit parking along Bridge Street near the Behavioral Health Associates school. BHA is a private academic school, which provides alternate education. During the summer months the school provides a K-12 autism program.
Weissport homes will undergo video surveillance this week all to prove whether or not the rehabilitation of the McCall Bridge has caused any observable damage to homes during the project.
Gene Kershner, president of borough council, said the surveillance videos will protect both parties in the event the homes develop cracks from the vibration that occurs during construction.
Kershner said there are other housekeeping issues that will also have to take place because the construction phase is beginning.
"Signs will be put up that Forge Street will be closed to traffic," said Kershner. "People who have boats and trailers parked on Forge will have to move them."
He also noted that pedestrian traffic will also not be available on Forge Street during the duration of the rehabilitation.
Weissport council members are staying in contact with PennDOT so that they can inform residents of any developments as they happen.
Kershner said residents will be able to access their homes through Franklin and White streets.
Council has signed easement requests for the tennis courts to be used as a staging area for materials.
Also, Schumacher Engineering, on behalf of UGI Utilities, has completed the gas main project several weeks ago. UGI required a permanent easement through borough property on the west side of Franklin Street. The easement allowed UGI's to relocate a gas main, which is presently located on the bridge. The gas main relocation work was necessary because of the upcoming bridge work by PennDOT.
Weissport will be greatly impacted during the rehabilitation project. Traffic will be detoured in one direction where Route 2010 Bridge Street crosses one track of the Norfolk Southern Railway Company in Weissport.
Rehabilitation of the bridge will continue throughout the spring and summer. It will involve a complex detour route.
The $10-million to $11-million project involves a structural rehabilitation of the structure, which carries Route 209 traffic across the Lehigh River, Lehigh Canal, Norfolk Southern Railroad and other local roads.
The structural rehabilitation includes deck repairs, new latex modified concrete overlay on the existing deck, new integral approach slabs at each end of the bridge, replacement of all 17 deck joints, placing new protective fencing along both barriers, replacing existing drainage scuppers and new downspout systems.
The superstructure repairs include cleaning and repainting the entire superstructure, stiffening gusset plates in the truss spans, adding floor beam cover plates and girder stiffeners to increase capacity. Substructure repairs include replacing/rehabilitating bearings, repairing deteriorated concrete on piers and abutments, and reconstructing pier 4, and placing scout protection at piers 2 and 3.
Temporary traffic patterns in Weissport and surrounding the bridge are expected to last three to four months. During that time, Weissport traffic on Bridge Street will be one way for the entire two lanes.
PennDOT has noted that temporary traffic lights will be installed at the intersection of Bankway and Bridge Street at the Lehighton end of the Weissport/Lehighton bridge to help with traffic flow.
The McCall Bridge, built in 1938, was last rehabilitated in 1981.
In 2007 during a routine inspection, the bridge was given the fifth worst score of all state-owned deck truss highway bridges.