NORRISTOWN, PA—Today, Montgomery County Commissioners Kenneth E. Lawrence Jr. and Jamila H. Winder officially opened Bridge 177 in Norristown. The bridge, which carries Sterigere Street over Stony Creek in Norristown, primarily serves as a connection for both vehicles and pedestrians between North Whitehall Road and Swede Road. The area is a major artery for the community, carrying approximately 18,000 vehicles per day.
“Montgomery County has made investing in our infrastructure a priority. Better infrastructure improves quality of life, reduces transportation costs, and makes the region more attractive for investment and economic growth,” said Kenneth E. Lawrence Jr., Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. “When I joined the Board of Commissioners in 2017, we committed to rehabbing and maintaining our 131 county-owned bridges. In 2012, 62 of our bridges were structurally deficient. We’ve made tremendous progress on this goal with the help of the $5 vehicle registration fee. Since 2016, we have rehabbed over forty bridges in the County—such as this one here on Sterigere Street.”
The Sterigere Street Bridge, which was originally built in 1923, required a major overhaul in order to make it safe and effective for the community after decades of deterioration. In 2022, Montgomery County Commissioners approved the $3.6 million bridge replacement, appropriated from $5 vehicle registration revenue. The final cost was $3.4 million.
Commissioners Lawrence and Winder were joined by PA State Senator Amanda Capelletti, 17th District, and PA State Representative Greg Scott, 54th District, as well as officials from the Norristown Town Council including President Tom Lepera and Vice President Heather Lewis.
The elected officials cut the ribbon to open the bridge to vehicular traffic, which then proceeded to cross the bridge with celebratory honks. Norristown community members and representatives from neighboring businesses, including Elmwood Park Zoo and Von C Brewing, were also in attendance to celebrate the new opening.
The bridge was designed by Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLP (RK&K) of King of Prussia, PA. The construction contract was awarded to H&K Group of Skippack, PA, with oversight and inspection services provided by McMahon Associates of Fort Washington, PA.
The construction was planned to be completed within a period of 25 months, by May 2024. However, based on coordinated work and with Norristown Municipality and PennDOT assistance, construction was reduced to a single stage to provide a higher quality product, keep utility disturbance to a minimum, and finish the project in less than 16 months.
The new bridge is an improved two-span 110-foot-long, pre-stressed concrete bulb T-beam structure with two lanes of traffic and sidewalks on both sides. The bridge design improves traffic and pedestrian travel and accommodates more stream flow. Additionally, original character-defining features, like the architectural stone façade on the barrier walls, pier, and abutments, were incorporated to maintain the historical profile.
During the ceremony, Commissioner Lawrence also took a moment to acknowledge all those who have public works jobs. “These workers have jobs that can be dangerous and risky, yet without their willingness to serve their community. We wouldn’t be able to enjoy the structures like the Sterigere Street Bridge and other public works projects around the County,” said Lawrence.
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