PennDOT District 5-0 | Berks County, PA

American Engineers Group, LLC (AEG) served as the prime consultant on this project, which involved preliminary engineering and construction consultation for the superstructure replacement of a 61-foot-long, single-span, steel I-beam, two-lane bridge that carries S.R. 2047 (Main Street) over Monocacy Creek in Amity Township, Berks County. The bridge acts as a detour route for posted bridges in the area and construction was completed under a rapid-delivery design/build contract in order to maintain local detours. AEG met a demanding schedule and accommodated PennDOT's desire to quickly let this project to the design/build team. The project was completed within schedule and budget.

AEG provided construction management services and was responsible for ensuring that erosion and sediment pollution control measures were adhered to and the stream was protected during removal of the existing bridge. The bridge’s deck and beams (superstructure) were replaced and the project engineers thoroughly investigated prefabricated options to expedite construction.

The bridge sustains heavy daily school bus traffic during the school year. When the end of the school year was extended for snow make-up days, the start date for bridge replacement was also pushed back to accommodate the needs of local school districts. This flexibility allowed school buses to avoid a six-mile detour on multiple daily runs.

Working under a tight original schedule that was further compressed, AEG completed the project within schedule and budget, performing the entire bridge replacement in only eight weeks. PennDOT’s assistant construction manager summarized AEG’s impact on the project to our project manager: “I would like to commend you and your team’s efforts during the final design and construction phase. Without your efforts we would not have met the completion date.”