PennDOT Issues Update for East Branch Road Bridge Job

STATE COLLEGE – PennDOT’s work to replace the Slab Cabin Run bridge on Route 3011, East Branch Road, near Lemont is continuing, with significant work scheduled for the upcoming week.

Replacing the current, structurally deficient bridge will provide area motorists with smoother, safer and more efficient travel across a modern structure. Pending removal of overhead lines, crews will set beams for the new bridge on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

East Branch Road remains closed during this project and the detour remains in effect through November. Message boards are in place to alert drivers to the detour.

Since daily traffic in this area is heavy, drivers should expect slow moving traffic on the detour and travel delays. The detour uses Route 3011 south, East Branch Road, Business 322 east, Atherton Street, Route 3010 north, Warner Boulevard, U.S. Route 322 west at the Oak Hall interchange, Route 26 north at the State College interchange, and Route 3011, south, Pike Street, at Houserville.

Should work progress and weather conditions allow, PennDOT will open the new bridge earlier than the end of November.

Drivers are reminded to be alert for bicyclists using the highway. Please use caution when driving near bicyclists and share the road.

Overall work includes bridge replacement, bridge approach and roadway construction and paving, pipe and guide rail installation and miscellaneous items. The Slab Cabin Run Bridge is located on Route 3011 between College Township and State College Borough. Original construction on the 81-foot bridge took place in 1941. The bridge carries average daily traffic of 9,400 vehicles.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $1.5 million project.

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