Traffic patterns changing around Smock Bridge construction

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Motorists using the Smock Bridge in Crawford County are urged to be alert to changing traffic patterns on the bridge beginning on Monday, April 24, weather permitting.

The Smock Bridge is the 1,613-foot-long span that carries Routes 6, 19 and 322 over French Creek and over tracks of the Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad in Vernon and West Mead townships and the City of Meadville.

Traffic will continue to be restricted to one lane eastbound and one lane westbound, as it has throughout the construction. However, traffic is expected to be switched back and forth between the travel lanes and the passing lanes on the bridge for the next few weeks to accommodate required construction and bridge inspection work.

No detours have been required during the bridge rehabilitation project, but traffic has been restricted to one lane in each direction between the Linden Street area in Meadville and near the entrance to the Park Avenue Plaza in Vernon Township.

PennDOT urges motorists to slow down when driving in work zones, and also to be alert to changing traffic 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.

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAErie.

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