Bridges to be replaced starting Monday
PennDOT is advising motorists that the bridges carrying Route 259 over the West Branch of Richards Run and on Mulligan Hill Road over the East Branch of Richards Run in West Wheatfield Township will be replaced.
The existing structurally deficient and posted bridge on Route 259 was built in 1926, carries more than 1,100 vehicles per day, and will be replaced with a new box culvert. The deck and beams on the existing structurally deficient bridge on Route 2011 that was built in 1978 will be replaced. This bridge carries nearly 1,300 vehicles per day.
Beginning Monday at 7 a.m., flagger-controlled lane restrictions will be in place on Mulligan Hill Road to build a temporary road across the East Branch of Richards Run. Motorists will be able to access Bolivar and New Florence via the temporary road during construction of the two bridges.
Once the temporary road is finished, Route 259 will be closed at the bridge and traffic will use the temporary road. This traffic switch is expected to occur in early April, weather permitting. Once the box culvert is installed and Route 259 is reopened, the bridge on Mulligan Hill Road will be closed. This is expected to occur in mid- to late summer, weather permitting. This $1,331,254 bridge replacement project is being executed by Francis J. Palo, Inc., of Clarion. The project is expected to be completed in October.
The project area and detour maps are available at www.indianagazette.net.