Oil City, PA – The Center Street Bridge over Oil Creek in Oil City, Venango County reopened after rehabilitation work to extend the service life of the structure by at least 50 years.
The bridge was opened to traffic following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon today.
“We are proud to be able to rehabilitate the Center Street Bridge, which serves as one of the gateways into downtown Oil City,” said William Petit, District Executive of PennDOT’s six-county northwestern region. “The work provides motorists with a safer, smoother ride, while preserving the character of the 77-year-old structure.”
Among those to speak at the community ceremony were Mike Deibert, PennDOT Assistant District Executive of Construction and Oil City Mayor William Moon.
Kathy Bailey of the Oil City Main Street Program provided an update her group’s efforts to install colorful lighting on the bridge.
The Center Street (SR 6008) bridge rehabilitation project included extensive steel and concrete structural repairs, new asphalt roadway approaches, new concrete bridge approaches, concrete sidewalks and curbs, refurbished hand railings, and traffic signal work. The project also involved updated drainage, landscaping and pavement markings, and milling and paving Center Street from the bridge to the intersection with Spring Street/Plummer Street (SR 1003).
The 172-foot-long steel arch bridge was built in 1939 and was classified as structurally deficient. It is used by approximately 6,800 vehicles a day.
The rehabilitation project, is expected to add at least 50 years to the service life of the bridge.
The contractor is Francis J. Palo, Inc., of Clarion PA. The cost is $2,154,500, which is to be paid entirely with state funds. This project was made possible by Pennsylvania’s Act 89 transportation funding plan.
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: Jill Harry, (814) 678-5035
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