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Monday, July 3, 2017

McKean County: Replacement Of Bridge Over Rock Run To Close Rt. 155 About July 17th

Construction to Continue on Route 155 (Turtle Point-Larabee Road)

Clearfield, PA – Construction for a second bridge on Route 155 (Turtle Point-Larabee Road) in McKean County is scheduled to begin soon as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. 

The bridge spans Rock Run, about three miles southeast of the village of Larabee on Route 155. Replacing this bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from McKean County’s structurally deficient bridge list. The existing 33-foot bridge dates from 1924 and carries an average of almost 2,400 vehicles each day. 

Construction is expected to begin during the week of July 17 and be complete in mid-August. The contractor will finish another bridge (JV-64) at the intersection of Sartwell Road on Route 155 prior to moving operations to the southern bridge. 

During replacement of the second bridge, drivers will continue to follow a detour along Route 6, Route 46 (Smethport-Farmers Valley Road), and Route 446 (Farmers Valley-Eldred Road). 

In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change. 

This bridge is referred to as JV-63 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project. 

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists. 

To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.p3forpa.pa.gov. Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be found at www.parapidbridges.com.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a huge lawsuit if someones house burns down or a ambulance can't get to a patient in time to save them.

Anonymous said...

Why can't they allow one way traffic while replacing one side.....heck they did that in Hazlehurst......what an inconvenience for the 2000 plus users a day

Anonymous said...

Is this right before the turnoff to pick blueberries?

Anonymous said...

Good thinking 2:44. Except you are about 6 months behind in your thinking. This was covered lonnnggg ago with the McKean County EMS system, PENNDOT and the bridge contractors. Fire departments and ambulance dispatches have already been worked out with the 911 center to coordinate mutual aid ( helping each other). But really, to think about sueing a VFD or ambulance company? My, what have we become? Possibly you could join the ranks to help minimize response times with your local VFD!! Your assistance would be welcomed.

Anonymous said...

9:58 who said anything about sueing VFD or ambulance, they aren't the ones blocking off the road. And you saying it has already been worked out between other departments, the response time would not be the same. Anything for the state to same a couple of dollars.

Anonymous said...

I had squashed blueberries and it took too long for the blueberries helpers to come so i sued them, its america land of the free a patriotic holiday going on so enjoy your blueberries protect them well

Anonymous said...

Just what does blueberries have to do with anything? 2:23 are blueberries all you have in life? Some of us have to work, and it adds a lot of drive time. Especially when your house is just on the other side of the bridge.

Anonymous said...

I love blueberries

Becky Naylor said...

It is the bridge just before the blueberry farm road for those coming from Port. This means everything time I need a sitter for my kids, I have to go around, rather than a mile up the road, but I'm not bitching about a round about, because I'd rather soak up an extra tank of gas than have the gas taxes raised permanently over money that is ill spent. It's more than likely going to be open within a month (as I'm sure they are trying to shoot for having out completed before school starts, or shortly after). And it's just as close for those on the other side of the bridge to receive ems services from eldred as Port, being that the mileage is the same at that point. An inconvenience, it may be, but it's better than someone being injured because the bridge fails when they're on it, and at that point, out would be a much larger inconvenience, as it would likely be out longer.