Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
2016 Lehigh Valley Awards
Transportation Project Winner
American Parkway Bridge
City of Allentown
• City of Allentown
• Gannett Fleming, Inc.
• HNTB Corporation
• New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc.
• Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
By providing more direct and efficient access between Center City Allentown and Route 22, the American Parkway Bridge alleviates traffic congestion in surrounding communities, improves bicyclist and pedestrian safety, and supports commerce in downtown Allentown. The bridge, which opened to traffic in November 2015, crosses the Lehigh River and provides the final link between downtown Allentown and the regional transportation network. The first two segments of American Parkway were completed in 1988, before funding for the final river crossing disappeared. The project involved the design and construction of a 6,000-foot long, four-lane facility, with two new bridge structures, five signalized intersections, a 310-foot long retaining wall and a 540-foot long noise wall. The project’s design-build delivery method, along with strong collaboration among project interests, allowed for the project schedule to be shortened by 24 months, thereby minimizing safety concerns and the project’s economic impacts on local businesses.