Traffic Switch Coming on Route 879 Bridge Job in Clearfield County

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP – Aug. 18 will bring a traffic pattern change to a bridge replacement project on Route 879 in Goshen Township, Clearfield County, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

On Thursday traffic will be switched from the westbound lane to the eastbound lane with an alternating traffic pattern enforced by temporary traffic signals. An additional temporary signal is located beside the Shawville Post Office.

The bridge spans Trout Run, in the village of Shawville and carries an average of 1,800 vehicles each day. Replacing the bridge will remove it from Clearfield County’s structurally deficient list and provide area drivers with a new, modern structure.

A temporary truck pull-off remains in place at the top of the hill on Route 879, north of the project. Trucks over 10,000 pounds will be required to use the pull-off.  A temporary traffic signal also remains in place on Trout Run Road to direct drivers onto Route 879.

Overall work includes removal of the current bridge, construction of the new bridge, paving, guide rail installation and miscellaneous items.

PennDOT expects the new bridge to be complete by March of 2017, with the traffic restriction in place through October of this year. All work is weather and schedule dependent. Francis J. Palo Inc. of Clarion is the contractor on this $2.5 million project.

Drivers are reminded to move through work zones with caution, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles 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 770 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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