PennDOT Reopens Big Oak Road Bridge

A view from the shoulder of Big Oak Road. Photo by Rick Rickman.

Big Oak Road Bridge is now open to traffic. PennDOT announced the bridge crossing I-295 in Middletown reopened Monday after closing in September.

Built in 1967, Big Oak Road Bridge had deteriorated over the years. Crews had made dozens of repairs with several layers of heavy patchwork, but it needed a more thorough approach.

PennDOT listed the bridge as “poor,” though it was safe for an estimated 8,167 vehicles to cross per day.

This most recent project added a new concrete overlay to the bridge deck, made substructure repairs, and then milled and repaved the road. Additionally, workers replaced bridge deck joints and installed scour rock protection, according to a press release Monday.

Big Oak Road Bridge included in a larger project to rehabilitate seven bridges throughout Pennsylvania. The total cost will amount to $4.5 million.