New Route 53 Bridge in Bigler Township to Open Saturday

Detour will be lifted with bridge opening

BIGLER TOWNSHIP –   On Saturday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will open a new Route 53 bridge in Bigler Township, Clearfield County.

Crews have been working since mid-July to replace the old bridge and remove it from Clearfield County’s structurally deficient list.

The bridge spans Maplepole Run, near the village of Madera. An average of more than 1,600 vehicles crosses the bridge each day.

Once the new bridge is open to traffic, PennDOT will remove the official detour using Route 53, Route 453 and Route 729.

Through the week of Aug. 14, crews will be working to install guiderail to finish the project. During guiderail installation, drivers can expect to encounter lane closures and roadway flaggers enforcing alternate traffic patterns. Short travel delays should be expected.

LTT Trucking LLC of Renovo, Pa., has been the contractor on this $493,000 project. Overall project work included removal of the old bridge, placement of a new, pre-cast concrete box culvert, paving, guiderail updates and miscellaneous items.

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA Web site.

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