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Photos of the PA Tpk Bridge Construction
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over Phoenixville Pike at Rt. 29
These photos were taken Saturday, March 9, 2002 while Phoenixville Pike was closed under the Turnpike Bridge.
Introduction - In order to add a new lane on each side of the PA Turnpike where it crosses Phoenixville Pike, it is necessary to construct three steel spans on each side of the existing bridge. Each span comprises three huge girders connected together by overlapping butt joints with many rivets. At each end, the spans rest on new concrete foundations. There is 3" of "slack" for these spans to slide at each end to accommodate expansion and contraction with temperature changes.
The long girders were themselves assembled from smaller sections. This was done at the Highway Materials Inc. quarry on Rt. 29 so each of the 18 girder sections only had to be hauled a short distance to the bridge.
Approaching from the south on Phoenixville Pike, the three steel spans, each comprising three sections of steel girders, were already completed.
On the north side, the last huge section of girder for the last span was waiting to be installed.
The girder is lifted from the truck as men wait on the previously placed girder to make the connection.
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