PENFIELD – Work to rehabilitate two bridges on Route 255 in Huston Township that was to start the week of Aug. 12, is now set to begin next week.
When work is complete, PennDOT will remove the bridges from the Clearfield County structurally deficient list. The repairs will also allow area drivers to enjoy safer travel on bridges that will remain in service for many years to come.
Once work begins, traffic will be reduced to one lane, with an alternating traffic pattern controlled by temporary traffic signals. Those signals will be in flash mode, starting today and will be fully operational the week of Aug. 26.
The first bridge is 45-feet long, spanning Bennett Branch about two miles southwest of Penfield. The second bridge is 15-feet long, spanning Heath Run about three miles southwest of Penfield. Both bridges were built in 1930 and carry more than 6,000 vehicles each day.
These bridges are the first two of five Clearfield County bridges on a $1.8 million rehabilitation contract with Swank Construction Company of New Kensington. Overall work includes substructure and superstructure repairs, new guide rail, and paving. All work is weather and schedule dependent.
Lane width on the bridges will be restricted to 11 feet. Work on the Route 255 bridges is expected to last until November, with the other three bridges scheduled for work in 2014.
Drivers are reminded to use caution through all construction zones, obey posted speed limits and always buckle up.
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