Bethlehem - Shimersville Rd. bridge rehabilitation project, Sept. 8-Sept. 2012

A $1.27 million project to repair the Shimersville Road Bridge over Saucon Creek in south Bethlehem will restrict traffic in the area through September 2012, according to the state Department of Transportation. Work on the project was to begin Thursday.

Shimersville Road connects Route 412 to the end of Main Street, just across the Lehigh River from Freemansburg. The 212-foot-long bridge ordinarily has two lanes in each direction, but it's restricted to one lane in each direction during the project.

In addition, Applebutter Road, which meets Shimersville Road where it crosses the creek, will be closed from Friday through the end of the bridge project. The posted detour will take traffic down Route 412 to Hellertown and then down Cherry Lane, Easton Road and Lower Saucon Road.

Repairs on the 43-year-old bridge include fixing its concrete deck, steel beams and concrete median, in addition to improving drainage and installing new guiderails. On average, 8,096 vehicles cross the bridge per day.

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