HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP) are expected to finish this construction season by checking another bridge opening off the list.

It will be the 390th out of 558 structurally deficient bridges set to be repaired by PennDOT’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

“Both PWKP and PennDOT have worked very hard on this innovative, complicated project that will speed the delivery of improved bridges across the state, especially in rural areas,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “Both Governor Wolf and I are committed to improving transportation to all areas of Pennsylvania and this program is fulfilling that pledge.” 

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is an $899 million public-private partnership (P3) awarded by PennDOT to PWKP. Along with aiding in financing and design, PWKP will provide maintenance for a 25-year period upon completion of the bridges.

Aided by over 500 subcontractors, this year has seen the completion of 212 bridges and counting. 96 percent of bridge replacements have happened on time or ahead of schedule.

“We have a lot to be proud of on this historic project,” said Ed Dice, Head of Delivery for Plenary Group. “PWKP demonstrated its ongoing commitment to excellence this past year. Our achievements on this project are a culmination of hard work, coordination and a commitment to safety.” 

To learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, visit www.p3forpa.pa.gov. Additional info can be found at www.parapidbridges.com.