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New Weight Restrictions Listed for Bridges

Those structures are among about 1,000 structurally deficient bridges statewide that PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch authorized for new or added weight restrictions on Thursday.
August 23,2013
Oil City -- Twenty one state-owned bridges in PennDOT District 1’s six-county region will be posted with new or lowered weight restrictions to slow the rate of deterioration of those bridges and ensure safety.
Those structures are among about 1,000 structurally deficient bridges statewide that PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch authorized for new or added weight restrictions on Thursday.
The restrictions will also apply on 40 county and locally owned bridges in the District 1 area of Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango and Warren counties.

PennDOT is taking this step because legislative inaction on transportation funding left uncertain the department’s ability to repair or replace these bridges. The lower weight limits will help extend the service life of these deteriorating bridges.

The following is a list of state-owned bridges in the six-county region that will be posted in coming weeks, along with the new weight restrictions. The list includes combination loads, primarily tractor trailers, which have higher weight limits because of the difference in how their weight is distributed:

Crawford County

· Route 6 (French Creek Parkway) over French Creek in Woodcock Township, 36 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.
· Route 6 over a tributary to French Creek in Cambridge Springs Borough, 32 tons, or 38 tons for combination loads.
· Route 8 (Erie Street) over Oil Creek East Branch in Centerville Borough 32 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.
· Route 408 (Thompson Street) over Oil Creek in Hydetown Borough, 27 tons, or 39 tons for combination loads.
· Route 408 (Thompson Street) over Thompson Creek in Hydetown Borough, 33 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.
· Route 86 (Main Street) over Gravel Run in Woodcock Borough, 32 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.
· Route 1032 (Mageetown Road) over Shirley Run in Rome Township, 32 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.
· Route 2017 (Fauncetown Road) over Sugar Creek in Troy Township, 26 tons, or 36 tons for combination loads.

Erie County

Route 2008 (Stone Quarry Road) over a tributary to French Creek in LeBoeuf Township, 28 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.

Forest County

Route 62 (Hunter’s Station Bridge) over the Allegheny River in Tionesta Township, 34 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.
Route 666 over Beaver Run in Hickory Township, 34 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.
Route 666 over Minister Creek in Howe Township, 34 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.

Mercer County

Route 158 (Mercer Road) over Brandy Run in East Lackawannock Township, 36 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.
Route 318 (Main Street) over Interstate 376 in Shenango Township, 33 tons, or 38 tons for combination loads.
Route 318 (Mercer-West Middlesex Road) over a tributary of Little Neshannock Creek in Lackawannock Township, 35 tons, or 39 tons for combination loads.
Route 318 over Little Neshannock Creek in East Lackawannock Township, 33 tons, or 39 tons for combination loads.
Route 2017 (North Foster Road) over Cool Spring Creek in Fairview Township, 35 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.

Venango County

Route 322 (Wyattville Bridge) over Sugar Creek in Sugarcreek Borough, 33 tons or 39 tons for combination loads.
Route 4010 (Sugar Creek Drive) over Sugar Creek in Sugarcreek Borough, 28 tons, or 39 tons for combination loads.

Warren County

Route 957 over Little Brokenstraw Creek in Freehold Township, 36 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.
Route 1011 (Conewango Avenue) over Hatch Run in Glade Township, 34 tons, or 37 tons for combination loads.

PennDOT will begin posting new weight limits on these bridges as soon as Aug. 29. Notifications to school-bus operators, emergency-service providers and other local officials will begin today. Posting on local bridges will take place at a later date after PennDOT discusses these changes with local bridge owners.

To view the bridges with new or lowered weight restrictions or to learn more about bridge weight restrictions and PennDOT’s bridge-inspection program, visit the PennDOT homepage at www.dot.state.pa.us and click on “Bridge Information.”
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