Mead Run bridge opens to traffic

The traffic signal along Route 6 just west of Youngsville Borough is gone.

PennDOT announced Monday that the bridge over Mead Run is open.

“Motorists may notice a slight bump as they drive across the bridge until a polyester polymer concrete (PPC) overlay is applied to the deck,” according to Acting Press Officer Jill Harry.

“The PPC overlay is designed to protect the deck from the wear and tear brought about by Pennsylvania’s harsh winters and reduce the long-term maintenance costs,” according to the release. “This is often the final step in completing box beam bridge projects.”

That final step will have to wait and is scheduled to be applied this fall.

“The polyester material can only be applied when temperatures are consistently above 40 degrees, dry weather is forecasted, and after the bridge concrete has cured for at least 30 days,” according to the release. “An alternating traffic pattern will be controlled by flaggers when the PPC overlay is applied in fall 2018.”

A PPC overlay schedule is posted at www.parapidbridges.com/polyesterpolymerconcreteoverlay.html.

The Mead Run bridge was not on that list on Monday.

The bridge is one of 558 being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

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