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Thursday, June 18, 2015

MULTIPLE INJURIES / ENTRAPMENTS REPORTED AS BRIDGE COLLAPSES IN RIDGWAY

TRAUMATIC INJURIES IN BRIDGE COLLAPSE IN RIDGWAY
Address: 157 N BROAD ST BY PENNSY RESTAURANT
City: RIDGWAY_B
Cross Streets: ERIE AVE * OSTERHOUT ST

Agency: RIDGWAY AMBULANCE; ELK COMPANY 4 FD, ELK COMANY 1 & 2 & 6 RESCUE TO SCENE.
6/18/2015 2:10:29 PM

 A SECTION OF THIS BRIDGE HAS COLLAPSED TRAPPING SEVERAL CONSTRUCTION WORKERS. EMS AND RESCUE UNITS HAVE BEEN DISPATCHED FROM SEVERAL COMMUNITIES. HELICOPTERS HAVE BEEN DISPATCHED. HELICOPTERS ARE DECLINING TO RESPOND DUE TO WEATHER.  OFFICIALS ARE QUESTIONING IF THEY CAN FLY TO ST. MARYS AIRPORT.

2:36 PM--OFFICIALS REPORT ALL VICTIMS HAVE BEEN EXTRICATED.
2:43 PM--STAT HELICOPTER FLYING TO ST. MARYS AIRPORT.

TRAVEL ALERT: Route 219 Pennsy Bridge Closed

Ridgway, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation advises drivers that the Pennsy Bridge on Route 219 in Ridgway, Elk County is closed until further notice.

The bridge has been closed due to a construction-related incident.

Northbound traffic was previously following a detour around the Pennsy construction project and will continue to do so.

The bridge closure now requires southbound traffic to use the following detour:
Route 255 south in Johnsonburg to Route 120 west and back to Route 219 south.

Update for Pennsy Bridge Job in Ridgway

Ridgway, PA --Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Pennsy bridge job in Ridgway. Work to replace the superstructure of the bridge began in late March. The bridge spans Elk Creek on Route 219 (North Board Street) in the borough. Work is taking place one side at a time.

With preliminary work complete, PennDOT is advising drivers that a detour for northbound traffic is being implemented today, sometime in the later afternoon hours. The one-mile detour will direct northbound drivers on Route 219 to use the Route 219 truck bypass at the top of Boot Jack Mountain. Drivers will then follow Route 120 west to Route 1014 (Osterhout Street), returning to Route 219, just north of the Pennsy Bridge. Temporary traffic signals will be used at the intersection of Route 120 and Route 1014 (Osterhout Street) to control detour traffic headed to Route 219 north. The detour is expected to be in place through September.

Local traffic in Ridgway Borough will be able to use Route 120 east to Route 1014 (Osterhout Street) to detour around the bridge. There will be no changes to Route 948 northbound and local traffic into Ridgway Borough. 

Route 219 southbound traffic continued to use the bridge and now will have to be detoured as it is impassable.


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.

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.

Francis J. Palo, Inc. of Clarion is the contractor on this $2.2 million project.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Prayers for all involved!