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Ohiopyle Multimodal Gateway Project

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Project Overview

The Ohiopyle Intermodal Gateway project will reduce current conflicts between vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, and boat renters traversing Route 381. It will create a safer and better connection between the Borough of Ohiopyle and Ohiopyle State Park with improved parking, sidewalks, crosswalks, and traffic-calming measures.

Project Updates


Crews will place forms and concrete for the bridge barrier soon. On the Roadway work will continue on excavating, forming and placing rebar for both bridge approach slabs. At the Pedestrian Underpass crews will place backfill in the precast sections of both the Underpass and T-Wall retaining walls. They will also be forming and placing rebar for the "moment  slabs". 


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Update 12-20-19

At the Bridge:

Final adjustments are being made to the formwork, rebar and concrete finishing machine. Concrete placement continues for the bridge deck.

At the Pedestrian Underpass:

Curing of concrete placed in distribution slab will continue. The last of the concrete will be placed for the leveling pads. (One day of work is planned there for next week.)


Operations are put on hold for a couple of weeks in order to concentrate efforts on bridge construction.

Update 1-3-20

​The bridge deck is in place and under wraps as it cures for approximately 2 more weeks. Next up at the bridge will be the building of the barrier walls (similar to a parapet wall) along the length of the bridge and the approach slabs. Crews will excavate, form and place rebar for both bridge approach slabs and sleeper slabs. At the Pedestrian Underpass crews will be backfilling at the T-Wall. They are also working on the “moment slab” attached to the top of the T-Wall. The moment slab helps keep the T-Wall in place and is built to counter-react any forces, such as impacts, wanting to tip over the T-Wall.

Update 12-13-19

​At the Bridge:

Crews continue rebar and concrete placement on the bridge deck. 

At the Pedestrian Underpass:

Work continues for building and backfilling the pre-cast T-Wall retaining wall as well as placement of concrete for the “Distribution Slab”. (This is a concrete slab that is placed on the “roof” of the underpass. Its purpose is to distribute the weight of the roadway above it uniformly over the entire underpass.) The contractor will start to construct the “Moment Slabs”. (These are “sidewalk sections” attached to the top of the T-Wall panels, to help hold the panels in place.)


Crews are finishing up the drainage work for this phase. (More drainage work will come in future.)


Crews are starting to build the new main line of the roadway, from the beginning of the project (at the beginning of the Temporary Access Road) to the intersection of Sugarloaf Road/Route 381.

Update 12-6-19

​Rebar has been installed and the Bidwell Finishing Machine was set up in advance of the first deck placement. Tentatively scheduled for some time next week, the deck will be placed in “sections” over several days to prevent the new concrete from cracking. Provisions are being made to keep the concrete warm during its curing period, including “draping”. the area under the deck with plastic, being kept warm with two - 1,000,000 BTU heaters! Installations and backfilling the T-Wall (retaining wall system) continues. Soon they will start backfilling the underpass and finish up grouting the shear keys. Drainage pipe continues to be placed in and around Route 381 and the Ohiopyle State Park.

Update 11-22-19

​Crews will be welding shear connectors to the top of the bridge beams soon. (Shear connectors are necessary to “attach” concrete to the tops of the beams, so they “move” as one.) Rebar will also start to be placed for the bridge deck. Work on the Pedestrian underpass is progressing, crews are preparing to erect the pre-cast retaining walls for the rigid frame of the underpass. Once set, the area behind the retaining walls will be filled with stone.

Update 11-15-19

Crews are attaching conduits to the new beams so the utilities can run through them, they will be installing the concrete forms that will support the new bridge deck concrete (called SIP forms, aka Stay-in-Place Forms). Additionally crews are installing overhang brackets and formwork off of the fascia beam. – This will support the finishing machine and formwork necessary to construct the bridge deck and parapet wall.

Drainage installation continues near the Waterfall Observation Decks within the Park.

Work at the Pedestrian Underpass Includes:

Waterproofing the pre-cast concrete underpass sections, placing concrete to connect the pre-cast sections of the underpass to the pre-cast wingwall sections and backfilling the underpass sections.

Update 11-8-19

​Crews will be mobilizing equipment and beams into the work area soon. Crews will install utility hangers and conduits to the bridge components in advance of relocating utilities onto new bridge. 

The pre-cast concrete sections of the rigid frame underpass will be erected between 11-14-19 and 11-15-19, and drainage installation will continue.

Update 11-1-19

​The contractor continues to form, and place concrete for the last of the pier and abutment “caps” black blankets were placed on the pier caps to keep the concrete warm as the temperatures drop. The blankets will help maintain the heat of the concrete and will allow the concrete to cure better. Crews continue to form and place the footers at the pedestrian underpass which is looking more defined as the contractor grades back the slopes. Drainage installation work is ongoing.

Update 10-15-19

​The 300 ton crane arrived and will be finishing up removing all of the old beams from the bridge. Work continues on the building of new abutment and pier "caps". Work will start on footers for the new pedestrian underpass as drainage work finishes up.

Update 10-11-19

​A crane will arrive on site to start dismantling the stringers and floor beams at the bridge. Motorists are advised of minor traffic delays as beams are loaded via trucks which will be positioned in the live lane of traffic on the bridge. Meanwhile crews continue to finish demolition the old bridge deck and will start work soon on the abutments and piers for new "caps". At the pedestrian underpass crews work on drainage as excavation continues. 

Update 10-4-19

​Crews continue dismantling the bridge deck, they will start installing temporary bridge bearings soon in order to support the bridge where traffic is currently running on while the other half of the bridge is removed and replaced. In the coming weeks crews will start prepping the north crane pad area so that the crane can come in and remove the old bridge beams and erect the new bridge beams.

Excavation for underpass construction will continue. Crews will continue installation of new drainage system. Hoe-ramming/removing the rock for the underpass footer and drainage system located beneath underpass will start. 

Update 9-27-19

​The contractor is back to full-time daylight work shifts. Crews will continue dismantling the bridge deck and they will start installing temporary bridge bearings. (These are necessary to support the bridge where traffic is currently traveling on while the other half of the bridge is removed and replaced). Crews will start prepping the north crane pad area which will be used to support the crane for the removal of the old bridge beams and erect new bridge beams. They will continue excavation for the pedestrian underpass construction. The new drainage system installation will continue. All visitors are encouraged to stay away from orange fenced-in areas.

A warning is in place for all travelers on the river including kayaks, canoes, rafts etc. to not go under the bridge while construction continues

Update 9-20-19

​This week crews have continued saw cutting the bridge deck and started slab removal of the bridge deck. They also attached scaffold system for upcoming construction of new pier cap and bridge bearing work. On the North side of the bridge construction of crane pads (to be used for old beam removal and setting of new beams) is progressing. Near the welcome center, the pedestrian underpass is taking shape. Finally crews continue installing the new drainage system in the falls parking lot area.

Update 9-13-19

Excavation continues for the box culvert pedestrian underpass. On the bridge, crews are cutting the bridge deck for its eventual removal and have started slab removal of the bridge deck. Crews have started installing the new drainage system in the falls parking lot area and have begun building crane pads along river banks. The truck detour was implemented and smaller Route 381 Northbound traffic is entering the work zone by driving along Temporary Access Road # 1 through the new parking lot then back onto Route 381.

Update 9-6-19

Implementation of the TRUCK DETOUR will occur on Monday, 9-09-2019 directing Route 381 Northbound traffic to enter the work zone by driving along Temporary Access Road # 1 through the new parking lot then back onto Route 381. This detour will allow for the contractor to start excavation for the new pedestrian underpass. Placement of temporary concrete barrier across bridge has begun as well as the installation of “temporary hanger beam”. There is Saw cutting of the southbound bridge deck and installation of drainage for the falls parking lot.