Beam Removal Will Bring Traffic Stops on Route 879 Bridge Job

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP – Drivers will encounter traffic stops Thursday and Friday as beams are removed on a Route 879 bridge job in Goshen Township, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

The bridge is being replaced in a staged configuration, with all traffic currently using the eastbound lane in an alternating pattern enforced by temporary traffic signals.

Westbound beams will be removed Thursday and Friday and flaggers will be stopping traffic as that work takes place. Drivers can expect delays of up to 15 minutes as beams are removed.

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, guiderail 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, Pennsylvania 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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