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Monday, October 17, 2016

Columbia Hill Road (State Route 1015) Bridge in Keating Township Open to Traffic

Construction to be Complete after Overlay Surface is applied to Bridge Deck

Bradford, PA – The Columbia Hill Road (SR 1015) bridge, which spans the north branch of Cole Creek in Keating Township, McKean County, is open to traffic. The bridge has been under construction as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. The bridge had been weight-limit posted at 33 tons for single vehicles and 40 tons for combination vehicles. Replacement of the bridge allows PennDOT to remove the weight postings and also removes it from McKean County’s structurally deficient bridge list.

The bridge reopened to traffic on Friday, October 14; however, motorists may notice a slight bump as they drive across the bridge until a polyester polymer concrete (PPC) overlay is applied to the bridge deck. This is often the final step in completing these bridge projects. The PPC overlay is designed to protect the deck from the wear and tear brought about by Pennsylvania’s harsh winters and reduce the long-term maintenance costs.

The polyester material can only be applied when temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees and after the bridge concrete has cured for at least 30 days. Flaggers will enforce an alternating traffic pattern when the PPC overlay is applied in mid-2017.

This bridge is referred to as JV-70 and is one of 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. Replacement work for this bridge was performed by Walsh Construction II.

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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