PennDOT announces $19 million in projects
March 25, 2013 11:00 AM

Crews are set to take on roughly $19 million worth of new and continuing construction projects on Indiana County roads this spring and summer, according to Penn-DOT.

As PennDOT is continuing to place a focus on repairing or replacing bridges deemed structurally deficient, most of the dollars this construction season are being funneled to bridge-oriented projects. And that, said

PennDOT District 10 spokeswoman Deborah Casadei, comes at the expense of less-traveled secondary roads.

Among the largest of the scheduled projects by cost is the $2.9 million replacement of a bridge carrying Route 56 over Brush Creek in Brush Valley Township. The contract was let in December and is to be completed in October.

Crews will be replacing the bridge with a box culvert and realigning the bridge approaches.

Motorists should expect traffic restrictions as well as a detour scheduled to begin in August.

Also to be replaced is a circa 1916 bridge carrying Old Route 119 over Two Lick Creek in Center Township. The $2.2 million contract was let last fall and completion is set for October. As part of the project, crews will be lowering a section of Old Route 119 to provide more clearance under a railroad overpass.

Old Route 119 will close today from Wayne Avenue to Simpson Road to facilitate the project’s first phase. Once the phase is completed, the road will close from Lisle Street to Two Lick Road. Traffic is being detoured via Route 119 and Old Route 56.

Additionally, a $1.56 million preservation project is continuing on the Seward Truss Bridge, which carries Route 56 over the Conemaugh River. That project is to be completed by May 30.

Elsewhere in the county, crews will be undertaking:

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