County Council joins Aston and Middletown officials

in reopening the Convent Road Bridge

Council stresses importance of bridge maintenance and preservation


Delaware County Council joined township officials from Aston and Middletown Townships on July 18 to reopen the Convent Road Bridge in Aston which extends over the Chester Creek into Middletown Township's Parkmount Road.

Construction on the bridge began in June 2016 and final inspections were completed on July 18. The new bridge is a 168- foot single span steel beam concrete structure.

During the reopening, Delaware County Councilman Dave White, council's liaison to the Department of Public Works said Delaware County takes a proactive approach to bridge inspection and maintenance.

"Bridges and their safety are a critical component of our transportation system," said Delaware County Councilman Dave White. "They are critical to our residents, to our school districts who transport children, to our police, firefighters and emergency responders who need to respond quickly to an emergency and to our businesses. Delaware County Council is committed to inspecting, maintaining and rebuilding these bridges when necessary in order to ensure the safety of our residents."

Delaware County owns and maintains 41 bridges with a span greater than 20 feet. Over the last 20 years the county has made significant progress in the county's bridge program, including the reconstruction of seven county owned bridges. Bridge 73 on Rosemont Avenue over the Darby Creek is currently under construction.

The cost to reconstruct the Convent Road Bridge was 3.2-million-dollars, a cost shared by the Federal Department of Transportation, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and county funds coming from the liquid fuels tax fund. No general funds from the county budget were used.

"Delaware County is the only county in the state which shares its liquid fuels tax fund with municipalities," said White. "Council works with the county's Department of Public Works to secure the funding to ensure public safety by maintaining the county's infrastructures and we are able to do so without using money from the general fund."

There are more than 250,000 bridges in Pennsylvania, which represents the third largest number of state bridges in the nation.




Convent Road Bridge in Aston Reopens

Delaware County Council joined township officials from Aston and Middletown Townships on July 18 to reopen the Convent Road Bridge in Aston which extends over the Chester Creek into Middletown Township's Parkmount Road. Construction on the new 168- foot single span steel beam concrete bridge began June 2016. The reconstruction was a part of Delaware County's bridge program, which includes the reconstruction of seven county owned bridges over the past 20 years.

From left: Traffic Planning & Design Inc. Principal-in-Charge Tony Dougherty, Aston Board of Commissioners Vice President Michael Higgins, Delaware County Councilman John McBlain, Delaware County Councilman Dave White, Aston Township Manager Bill McConville, Aston Board of Commissioners Carol Graham, Delaware County Council Vice Chair Colleen Morrone, Delaware County Councilman Michael Culp, McCormick and Taylor Engineer Matthew Gowdy, Traffic Planning & Design Inc. Transportation Coordinator Michael Goodman, Middletown Township Council Member Steve Byrne, Middletown Township Council Member Dean Helm and McCormick and Taylor Engineer Tiffany McClure.