Construction Complete for Route 53 Bridge Project in Morris Township

Clearfield County Bridge?replaced?as?part of?Public-Private Partnership  

MORRIS TOWNSHIP – A Route 53 (Morrisdale Allport Highway) bridge in Morris Township, Clearfield County, that’s been under construction as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, is complete and open to traffic.

Replacement of this bridge removes it from Clearfield County’s list of bridges in “poor” condition.

The bridge reopened to traffic on Friday, Aug. 24. It spans Emigh Run, near the village of Morrisdale. Replacement work was performed by Clearwater Construction Inc. of Mercer, Pa.

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-36 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

Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be found at

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