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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Temporary Traffic Signals Coming Next Week as Replacement of Two Bridges on Route 770 Continues in McKean County

Temporary Traffic Signals Coming Next Week as Replacement of Two Bridges on Route 770 Continues in McKean County

Bradford - Work to replace two bridges on Route 770 in Bradford Township is continuing, with temporary traffic signals scheduled for installation next Wednesday, May 7. Once overall work is complete next summer, area drivers will enjoy safer travel over modern structures and PennDOT will be able to remove the bridges from McKean County’s structurally deficient list.

The bridges span Minard Run about a half-mile apart near the village of Aiken. They carry an average of more than 3,000 vehicles daily. Originally built in 1927, the bridges will be replaced one side at a time.

Beginning Wednesday, May 7, temporary traffic signals will be in place, enforcing an alternating traffic pattern at each bridge. Traffic will be controlled in this manner until the completion of the new structures sometime this fall. Under the traffic signal control, work to build the new bridges will continue one side at a time.

Overall work includes replacement of the bridges, roadway and approach paving, guide rail updates, pavement markings, and miscellaneous items. The contractor for this $2.5 million job is L. C. Whitford of Wellsville, New York. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

Drivers are reminded to proceed through all work zones with caution, obey posted speed limits and always buckle up.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 680 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available by calling 5-1-1, and regional Twitter alerts are available on the 511PA website.

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