New Route 611 Bridge Opens To Traffic, Says Emrick
11/20/2013
MT. BETHEL– State Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Northampton) today applauded the opening of the Route 611 bridge in Lower Mount Bethel Township that crosses a tributary to Oughoughton Creek. The original structure, which was built in 1913, was deemed structurally deficient and closed in May for replacement.

“Mike Rebert and his PennDOT staff deserve a great deal of credit for accomplishing what was estimated in May to be a 12-month project in half that time,” Emrick said. “Opening this stretch of Route 611 means a much easier commute for the more than 3,400 vehicles that use it daily.”

Problems with the original bridge included underground springs that would often rise and cover the road surface. This condition caused many accidents in cold weather, when the spring water would freeze.

“Larry McEwen, who owns the property beneath the bridge, dealt with more than his share of accident cleanup for many years,” added Emrick. “Larry and I worked closely with PennDOT to convey his concerns and ensure they were remedied by the new structure.”

The new bridge is 1 foot shorter than its predecessor, but is 6 feet wider and has longer guiderails to further protect the adjacent property.

Questions about this event or any legislative issue should be directed to Emrick’s Mt. Bethel office at (570) 897-0401 or his Nazareth office at (610) 746-5090.

Representative Joe Emrick
137th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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