Bridge light upgrade

How Public Works and PennDOT coordinate resources

Times Observer photo by Josh Cotton City of Warren Department of Public Works crews use PennDOT’s bridge inspection truck to replace the lights on the underside of the Hickory Street Bridge on Monday.

The Hickory Street Bridge in downtown Warren is getting an aesthetic upgrade.

And it requires the unique-looking truck you saw if you drove over the bridge on Monday.

Department of Public Works Director Mike Holtz said that when the bridge was built there were a series of lights designed to shine down on the water.

“Over the course of the years,” he said, those lightbulbs all burned out.

The city recently purchased 24 upgraded LED light fixtures

Times Observer photo by Josh Cotton City of Warren Department of Public Works crews use PennDOT’s bridge inspection truck to replace the lights on the underside of the Hickory Street Bridge on Monday.

City crews were able to reach one of the fixtures from the bank but the other 23 require a special means of access.

“What’s nice about this process, that truck is (from PennDOT). That is PennDOT’s bridge inspection truck,” Holtz said, noting that use of the truck comes through an agility agreement with PennDOT. “(They) loan it to us for a few days to help us install them.”

To rent a similar truck, Holtz said the cost would be between $7,500 and $10,000. He also said that PennDOT frequently uses one of the city’s sewer machine

s as part of the sharing agreement.

And city crews working on the lights were able to do so without shutting down the bridge.

“It’s a three lane bridge. We coned off as we go along,” Holtz said. “The flow is still pretty good. We think we can get them all in by the end of the day.

Times Observer photo by Josh Cotton City of Warren Department of Public Works crews use PennDOT’s bridge inspection truck to replace the lights on the underside of the Hickory Street Bridge on Monday.

“We will come out tonight to take a look at them (and) will be back tomorrow doing some fine tuning.”

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