Plan for replacement of Rt. 27 bridge superstructure on display

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation invites the public to view a display of plans for replacement of the superstructure on the bridge that carries Route 27 over the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad tracks in Pittsfield Township,.

The 174-foot-long bridge is located on Route 27, approximately a tenth of a mile south of the intersection with Route 426.

Construction will include replacement of the superstructure, specifically the beams and deck. Repairs will also be made to deteriorated concrete on the bridge piers and abutments.

The bridge work is being done in coordination with road re-construction work on a 1.5-mile-long section of Route 27, including the intersection of Route 27 and Route 426.

Replacement of the bridge superstructure is expected to occur next summer and take approximately four months to complete.

Work on the bridge is planned to be done using half-width construction, so no detour will be required during construction, according to PennDOT. Motorists will encounter single-lane traffic during construction.

The plans for the re-construction will be displayed Nov. 7 through Nov. 18 from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Pittsfield Township maintenance building at 488 Dalrymple St., Pittsfield.

The existing bridge was built in 1941 and is classified as functionally obsolete. Approximately 3,300 vehicles a day use the bridge, on average, according to PennDOT.

The purpose of the display of plans is to introduce the project and to receive public input regarding any questions or concerns with the project. The display is also to receive any public input regarding historic or archaeological sites in the area, which could be affected by the project, as required by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (cultural resources).

The display location is accessible to anyone with disabilities. Anyone with special needs or requiring assistance should contact Bob Bell, project manager, at 678-7161.

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