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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Nine PennDOT bridge crews To Replace or Repair 24 Bridges In NC PA

PennDOT bridge crews working hard to reduce structurally deficient bridges

Nine PennDOT bridge crews in north-central Pennsylvania will work hard this year to replace or rehabilitate 24 smaller bridges.

“By using a combination of in-house bridge crews and contractors we are able to get more bridge work completed during the construction season,” said PennDOT District 3 Executive Sandra Tosca, P.E. “This is helping us to improve bridges more rapidly in the region.”

County bridge crews have worked on a variety of bridge projects ranging from smaller maintenance items such as epoxy bridge-deck sealing, all the way to complete replacement of some smaller bridges.

“By doing a variety of different type jobs, our crews’ skill level has increased dramatically, which in turn has allowed us to take on more complex bridge projects,” said District 3 Bridge Engineer Lloyd Ayres, P.E. “We’re fortunate to have crews with these specialized skills working hard to deliver quality projects in the region.”

District 3 produces several of its own bridge beams and concrete slabs at two of its maintenance offices. These beams and slabs will be used in several smaller bridge projects this year in three of the district’s nine counties.

Also, PennDOT’s bridge crews sometimes work hand-in-hand with contractors to remove existing bridges and prepare those sites for contractors to deliver and set concrete box culverts. Once the contractor’s work is complete, PennDOT crews finish the replacements.

“These partnerships work well in north-central Pennsylvania because they free up resources from both the public and private sectors, allowing more work to be completed in a shorter time frame,” Tosca said.

This year there are 24 department-force bridge projects scheduled in the district’s nine counties. Last year, department forces carried out 25 bridge projects.

A majority of the bridges replaced or rehabilitated by department forces were previously labeled as structurally deficient.

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