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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Pennsy Bridge Job to start March 30 in Ridgway

Ridgway, PA – Work will get underway Monday, March 30, to replace the superstructure of Ridgway’s Pennsy Bridge on Route 219. Superstructure can include bridge beams, bridge deck, sidewalk and parapets. Work on the bridge, which spans Elk Creek on Route 219 (North Board Street) in the borough, will take place one side at a time.

The current bridge was built in 1912 and carries an average of almost 5,600 vehicles daily. Replacing the bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Elk County’s structurally deficient list.

Through mid-April, drivers may encounter minor delays for daylight flagging operations at the bridge site. Once preliminary work is complete, a detour for northbound traffic will be implement. That detour is expected to begin in late April. PennDOT will issue an update prior to the implementation of the northbound detour.

Overall work will include replacement of the superstructure using precast concrete beams and deck components. There will also be minor approach, drainage, and utility improvements. Work is expected to last until early October.

Francis J. Palo, Inc. of Clarion is the contractor on this $2.2 million project. Drivers are reminded to obey posted speed limits, use caution in and around work zones, and always buckle up.

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