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Rehabilitation Project on I-90 Bridges in North East Township

Bridge work set to begin in Northeast Township
July 26, 2013

Oil City –PennDOT announces that a rehabilitation project that will add at least 30 years to the service life of two bridges on Interstate 90 over Route 89 in North East Township, Erie County, is scheduled to get under way on Monday, July 29.
Along with rehabilitation work on the bridges, the project will include concrete patching, concrete shoulders, and updating drainage, guiderails and pavement markings.
The two box-beam bridges were built in 1959. The eastbound bridge is 159 feet long and carries an average of approximately 11,300 vehicles a day. The westbound bridge is 184 feet long and carries an average of approximately 11,530 vehicles a day.
The contractor is Mekis Construction Corp. of Fenelton, Pa. The contract cost is $948,696.60 and will be paid entirely with state funds.
No detour is anticipated, but there will be long-term lane closures, and vehicles more than 13 feet wide will have to be re-routed around the project area. Advanced signs will be place directing over-width loads from the area.
Due to traffic volumes on Interstate 90 and the possibility of queuing, the project will have a special sequence of operations.
Only one direction – eastbound or westbound – will be impacted at a time. Long-term lane closures are expected to be limited to 25 days -- 10.5 days on westbound lanes and 14.5 days on eastbound lanes.
The project will require daylight and night work.
Short-term lane restrictions for initial preparatory work on eastbound and westbound lanes is expected to begin July 29.
Long-term lane restrictions are expected to begin on westbound lanes on Aug. 5.
Final waterproofing work will be done with short-term lane restrictions in early September.
The project is expected to be completed by Sept. 13, 2013.
This schedule is subject to change.
Motorists could experience congestion and delays during periods when lanes are restricted.
PennDOT urges motorists to obey speed limits, stay alert and pay close attention to signs and flaggers in work zones. We ask motorists to avoid distractions and give their full attention to the road.

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