Oil City, PA – Rehabilitation work that is expected to add at least 50 years to the service life of the Center Street Bridge over Oil Creek in Oil City, Venango County, is expected to begin this month.
The project is located on Center Street (Route 6008) from the intersection with Route 8 to the intersection with Spring Street/Plummer Street (Route 1003) in Oil City.
The 172-foot-long steel arch bridge was built in 1939 and is classed as structurally deficient. It is used by approximately 6,800 vehicles a day.
Work involves extensive rehabilitation of the structure, including steel and concrete repairs. Work will also include new asphalt roadway approaches, new concrete bridge approaches, concrete sidewalks and curbs, refurbished hand railings, traffic signal work, and updated drainage, landscaping and pavement markings, along with milling and paving Center Street.
The contractor is Francis J. Palo, Inc., of Clarion PA. The cost is $1,983,543, which is to be paid entirely with state funds. This project was made possible by Pennsylvania’s Act 89 transportation funding plan.
Work is tentatively scheduled to begin March 14, 2016, and the bridge is scheduled to be closed on March 28, 2016. The project is expected to be completed by September 30, 2016.
After work begins, but before the bridge is closed, traffic will be controlled using lane restrictions and flaggers.
Once the bridge closes, a detour will be posted using Route 8, Route 62 (Petroleum Street Bridge), West First Street, the State Street Bridge and Elm/Seneca streets.
PennDOT urges motorists to slow down when driving in work zones, 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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Media contact: Jim Carroll, (814) 678-7095
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