Thanks to the hard work and cooperation of many of the involved parties, the Arcola Bridge Project is slated to begin a few months ahead of schedule.

Pennsylvania State Senator John C. Rafferty Jr. (R-44), who represents Lower Providence Township as part of the 44th District, posted an update on his Facebook page on May 30.

“The bridge is six months ahead of schedule,” read the senator’s page. “The bid is now projected to go out in July, with construction starting sometime in October.”

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The project, which will widen the aged bridge to three lanes, is approximated to cost around $8 million, according to the Montgomery County informational page set up about the bridge project in order to provide updates to local residents. On April 17, the county’s commissioners approved financing through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

“On April 17, the Montgomery County Commissioners unanimously approved a reimbursement agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for $8,077,495 to fund the construction of the new Arcola Road Bridge,” said the county’s site, which called the project “slightly ahead of schedule.”

A report in the Pottstown Mercury stated that original guesses at a start for construction was slated at January 2015, with a project likely to take 15 to 18 months to complete.

Leo Bagley, assistant director of the Montgomery County Planning Commission, told the Mercury that planners now believe a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on the Arcola Bridge will begin in October of November.

“The February [2013] inspection [of the bridge] detailed 15 holes in the steel floor-beam plates ranging in size from 2.5 inches in diameter to 24 inches long by 5 inches deep, according to the report,” said the Mercury article.

The project, as discussed previously on LP TAP in an article dated Feb. 21, 2014, Lower Providence Township will not need to fund the project at all. Funding from a federal level will cover 80 percent of all costs, with the state kicking in 15 percent, and the county 5.

To continue to follow the developments of the project, review the county’s page here or stay tuned into updates from LP TAP.