Construction upcoming on Elk County bridge project

Staff Writer

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project begins in Elk County in July with the reconstruction of two bridges. Replacing the bridges will provide motorists with new, modern structures and allow PennDOT to remove the bridges from Elk County’s structurally deficient list.
The Route 120 bridge (JV 48) over a Branch of Elk Creek in the City of St. Marys is scheduled to start construction in July. A more detailed schedule will be released closer to the start of construction. During construction, drivers will encounter one lane of alternating traffic in each direction controlled by temporary traffic signals. The work is expected to be complete by November. Dating from 1930, this 27-foot bridge carries an average of more than 7,000 vehicles each day.
The Route 219 bridge (JV 49) over Mead Run near the village of Brockport in Horton Township is scheduled to start construction in July. A more detailed schedule will be released closer to start of construction. During construction, drivers will encounter one lane of alternating traffic in each direction controlled by temporary traffic signals. The work is expected to be complete by November. This bridge is currently weight-limit posted at 36 ton for single vehicles and 40 ton for combination vehicles. Dating from 1923, this 27-foot bridge carries an average of more than 5,400 vehicles each day.
This bridge replacement is part of the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, a Public-Private Partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP) under which PWKP will finance, design, replace and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impact on motorists.

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