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:
- A safety improvement project on Route 422 at the Route 156 intersection in Shelocta. Expected to cost between $1 million and $2.5 million, crews will be extending the center- and left-turn lane on Route 422. Work is to be completed this fall.
- Resurfacing of Route 119 in East Mahoning Township. Work is being done at a cost of $1.3 million and is to be completed this fall.
- A replacement of the Dixon Run Bridge carrying Ash Road over Dixon Run in Rayne Township. The project entails the installation of a new box culvert as well as work to the bridge approaches. The project was let last fall, and work is to be completed in July. A detour is to be posted.
- $2.8 million worth of resurfacing and overlays on various state routes throughout the county.
- Synchronization of traffic signals at 21 intersections in Indiana Borough and White Township and two in Homer City Borough. The contract is to be let in November. Work is estimated to cost between $500,000 and $1.5 million.
- $200,000 to $500,000 in guardrail improvements along various routes throughout the county. Those improvements are being made under a contract to be awarded in May. The work would be completed next summer.