Bridges Open for Pocono Tourism

Two new bridges recently opened in the Pocono region to improve safety and traffic flow to popular tourist areas. Beyond the structural improvements, the use of precast concrete and cast-in-place processes offered dramatic cost-savings and visual appeal.

The PATPC bridge over Pohopoco Creek is part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s plan to rebuild and modernize more than 600 miles of interstate highway and mainline structures. The new bridge was designed to be in harmony with the Pocono Mountains environment and was constructed by New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc.. The use of precast concrete was not only aesthetically appealing; it saved the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission a few million dollars over the original steel girder design.

Pohopoco Bridge

Product Used: Rustic Ashlar Stone #898 and Architectural Stain
Precaster: The Neel Company

The Jim Thorpe Memorial Bridge over the Lehigh River was deemed structurally deficient and needed to be replaced. The new Sgt. Andrew J. "A.J" Baddick Memorial Bridge, named for a Jim Thorpe soldier killed in Iraq, dramatically improves the flow of traffic connecting routes 209 and 903 through Jim Thorpe. The precast concrete with architectural stain creates a more visually-pleasing design over the 961-foot continuous steel plate girder structure.

Jim Thorpe Memorial Bridge

Product Used: Mauch Chunk Drystack #937 and Architectural Stain
Contractor: A. Myers

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