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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Construction on the First of Two Route 770 Bridges is Complete

McKean County Bridge replaced as part of Public-Private Partnership Project

Bradford, PA – A Route 770 (W. Warren Road) bridge that’s been under construction as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is complete and open to traffic. Replacement of this bridge allows PennDOT to remove it from McKean County’s structurally deficient list.

This is the first of two bridges being replaced on Route 770, spanning Sheppard Run just west of Custer City. This first bridge opened to traffic September 19. Work on the second bridge continues and the detour using Routes 219 and 59 remains in place. Each bridge carries an average of almost 1,500 vehicles a day.

Replacement work was performed by Thomas Construction. The new crossing is longer and wider than the one it replaced and is designed with a 100-year lifespan.

This bridge is referred to as JV-68 out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is 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.

To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be found at

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