The project, when completed, will provide motorists with a sound, modern bridge that is expected to have a 100-year service life, barring unforeseen events.
The existing bridge, now structurally deficient, was built in 1938 and is used by 836 vehicles a day, on average.
The project area is located on West Third Street, about one half mile west of the intersection with Route 19.
Work will include construction of a new 75-foot-long single-span, spread-box-beam bridge, along with paved roadway approaches, geosynthetic reinforced soil slopes, drainage and guiderail improvements and updated signs, pavement markings and delineation.
The contractor is Shingledecker’s Welding, Inc. of Franklin, PA. The contract cost is $787,482, which will be paid with 80 percent federal funds and 20 percent state funds.
Work is scheduled to begin May 12 and work is expected to be completed by Oct. 1.
Traffic will be detoured during construction, using Sharp Road (Route 3025), Route 19 and Old State Road (Route 3014).
To avoid work zone intrusions or crashes, PennDOT urges motorists to slow down in work zone areas, and also to be alert to changing conditions, avoid distractions and to pay attention to signs and flaggers. Drive responsibly in work zones for your safety and the safety of the workers.
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