CLEARFIELD – Today, PennDOT will post weight limits on the Montgomery Creek Bridge on Coal Hill Road (township Route 248) in Lawrence Township.
Weight limits for the bridge will be 35 tons for single vehicles and 40 tons for combination loads. Signs bearing those restrictions will be put in place on this state-owned bridge on Monday.
The bridge spans Montgomery Creek and carries an average of 734 vehicles daily. The bridge was built in 1952 and is 46 feet long.
Reducing the weight traveling on this bridge will slow its deterioration and preserve safety while funding for repairs remains uncertain.
Last month, PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch authorized the transportation department to add or increase weight restrictions to about 1,000 structurally deficient bridges statewide. PennDOT must take this step because of legislative inaction this past June on transportation funding, leaving the department’s future resources in question.
To view the bridges with new or lowered weight restrictions or to learn more about bridge weight restrictions and PennDOT’s bridge-inspection program, visit the PennDOT homepage at www.dot.state.pa.us and click on “Bridge Information.”