Construction Complete for Route 219 Bridge Project in Bell Township

Clearfield County Bridge replaced as part of Public-Private Partnership

BELL TOWNSHIP – A Route 219 (Colonel Drake Highway) bridge in Bell Township, Clearfield County, is complete and open to traffic.

The bridge spans Whiskey Run, near the village of McGees Mills and was replaced as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

Replacement of the bridge allows PennDOT to remove it from Clearfield County’s structurally deficient bridge list.

The bridge reopened to traffic June 24. Replacement work was performed by C.H. & D. Enterprises Inc. of New Stanton. 

The new crossing is longer and wider than the one it replaced and is designed with a 100-year lifespan.

This bridge is referred to as JV-37 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace and maintain the bridges for 25 years.

The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists. 

To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.p3forpa.pa.gov.

Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be found at www.parapidbridges.com.  

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