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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Work Resumed This Week On Temporary Rehab Of Toles Hollow Bridge

Contrary to local reports that the Toles Hollow bridge over the Allegheny River has been condemned, PennDOT issued this reply when queried about the local rumors.

I have attached our original press release. Work to repair the bridge was to start on April 19 but was delayed.

We expect work to begin as soon as the contractor can have crews on site. Once repair work begins (or as soon as I know the updated schedule) we will issue an updated release. Obviously, starting later than anticipated will push our completion date from June to later in the summer.

Work scheduled for 2010 is repair work only. The work includes repairs to the deck and floor beams.

The repairs are intended as a temporary fix. We are currently carrying a replacement project for this bridge on our design chart. Current time-frame would see replacement of the bridge in 2013.

This bridge has not been condemned. As you can see in my response, there are clear plans to first repair and then replace the bridge.

PennDOT has not wavered from properly addressing the condition of the bridges across our nine counties. Bridge repairs and replacements continue to be our number one priority in District 2.

Marla Fannin
Press Secretary
PennDOT District 2

PennDOT issued this press release this week:

Work Resumes on Toles Hollow Road Bridge in Potter County
Detour remains in effect

Clearfield – Crews resumed repair work on the Toles Hollow Road Bridge in Potter County yesterday, May 12. The repair work requires closure of the bridge and a detour around the work. The detour makes use of Route 6, Route 3015, Dutch Hill Road (T-328), and Vader Hill Road (T-327). The Toles Hollow Bridge spans the Allegheny River on Toles Hollow Road (T-325) near the intersection with Route 6 in Coudersport. Work includes repairs to the bridge deck and floor beams.

PennDOT expects repair work to be finished sometime in June. The bridge will be re-opened once repairs are complete. All work is weather dependent.

The repair work will help extend the useful life of the bridge, until a replacement project can take place. PennDOT currently plans to replace the bridge in 2013. L.C. Whitford of Wellsville, New York is the contractor on this bridge job, which is part of a $4.8 million contract for preservation work on six bridges in four counties.

This 6-bridge project is financed with federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The project is part of PennDOT’s more than $66 million investment of federal economic recovery funds being spent on 17 transportation projects across the nine counties of District 2.


Anonymous said...

they are working on it what the rush it,s not going anywhere. it is real bad need of repair. it should be taken out right now,i have went and look at it while fishing

Anonymous said...

The railroad grade should be barricaded. Traffic is making it even worse than it was to start with and some of these dildines who drive there are going to rip it to shreds plus they could damage their cars.

Anonymous said...

i guess you never went down the grade before they fixed it. they have signs up travle at your own risk

Anonymous said...

Last time I traveled it, the Time Warner police came a running.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE this bridge being closed! It has greatly reduced the traffic on Grom Hill Road from people cutting through to go to Austin. I wish they would condemn the bridge and never re-open it.

Anonymous said...

Condemn the bridge ???

I hope if they every would and if someone died or if someone's property burns you can sleep at night.

That bridge may save someone and something by avoiding a long detour and be the worth of having it repaired/replaced.