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Preliminary Bridge Work to Start Next Week in St Marys


Preliminary work on a bridge replacement in St Marys is scheduled to start next week, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). The bridge spans Silver Run on Route 255, about 1-mile northwest of St Marys. Replacing the bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Elk County’s list of bridges in poor condition.

As work gets underway, crews will be preparing the area for various utility relocations. Utility relocation work is expected to last through May. Traffic may be controlled by single lane closures and flaggers on an intermittent basis.

Prior to demolition of the existing bridge in June, PennDOT will issue an update with details on the 2-week detour that will be used during demolition.

The overall project will replace the existing concrete arch bridge with a new precast box culvert. The current 16-foot bridge dates from 1931 and carries an average of almost 5,700 vehicles each day. Project work will include removal of the current structure, construction of a new box culvert, drainage and pavement improvements, and guide rail installation.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. HRI, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $1.9 million job, which is expected to be done in early October. Drivers are reminded to move through work zones with caution, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.

Motorists are encouraged to “Know Before They Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.

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.

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Media Contact: Marla Fannin (814) 765-0423 Tim Nebgen (814) 765-0598

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