Oil City, PA – Work on a $23.7 million project that will replace the deteriorating Hunter Station Bridge on Route 62 over the Allegheny River in Forest County is scheduled to begin next week.
The bridge is located in Tionesta Township, between the Forest/Venango County line and Hunter Station Road.
Work will involve construction of a new 1,124-foot-long, four-span continuous composite steel plate girder bridge, along with new concrete and asphalt roadway approaches and updated drainage, guiderail, landscaping and pavement markings, along with other miscellaneous work.
The new bridge will be built approximately 100 feet upstream from the existing structure.
The existing 1,051-foot-long steel truss bridge was built in 1934 and is classified as structurally deficient. It is used by approximately 1,100 vehicles a day.
Work is scheduled to begin Monday, September 12, 2016 and the project is scheduled to be completed by March 28, 2018.
The contractor is Mekis Construction Corporation of Fenelton, PA. The contract cost is $23,774,703.87, which is to be paid entirely with federal funds.
A detour will be required during construction. The detour will not begin before July 5, 2017 and will end by October 31, 2017.
The posted detour will use Route 36, Route 208 and Route 157.
At times during construction, motorists will encounter lane restrictions with traffic controlled by flaggers.
Buoys will be placed in the river as navigational aids to boaters who are using the river during construction. Additionally, provisions will be made to enable recreational canoeists to portage around the work area when necessary.
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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