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Friday, June 5, 2015

Bridge Replacement over Big Mill Creek starts June 8

Ridgway, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announces that work will get underway Monday, June 8, to replace a bridge near Ridgway on Route 3002. The current single-span, steel girder bridge will be replaced with a new single-span concrete structure. Work will take place one side at a time.

The current bridge spans Big Mill Creek about two and a half miles west of Ridgway in Ridgway Township. The bridge was originally built in 1939 and carries an average of almost 700 vehicles daily. Replacing the bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Elk County’s structurally deficient list.

During the first phase of construction, drivers may encounter minor delays for daylight flagging operations. Temporary traffic signals will be in place later this summer as work moves into other construction phases. The signals will enforce an alternating traffic pattern.

Overall work will include replacement of the bridge, drainage upgrades, and guide rail replacement. Work is expected to last until the middle of December but PennDOT will open both lanes of the bridge earlier if work progress allows. Charles J. Merlo, Inc. of Mineral Point is the contractor on this $1.7 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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