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Million-dollar bridge: James Morrison Memorial to be completed by Oct.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry The Morrison Bridge that carries Rt. 59 over the Allegheny Reservoir will be under a significant rehabilitation project this summer that will include the use of a temporary traffic signal.

The bridge over the Allegheny Reservoir on Rt. 59 is up for a million dollar facelift.

PennDOT announced that work will soon begin on the James Morrison Memorial Bridge that carries Rt. 59 over the Kinzua arm of the Reservoir.

They indicated that work was to have commenced on May 19, weather permitting.

“The project will include the reconstruction of the two-lane concrete structure in multiple phases, including new barriers and bridge deck and repairs to the expansion dams,” a statement explained. “Work will also include new roadway approaches and guiderail updates.”

PennDOT said that one lane of the bridge will remain open throughout the project “and traffic will be controlled through the use of a temporary signal, which is expected to be in place on June 1, 2020.

“Motorists may also encounter lane restrictions with traffic controlled by flaggers. Drivers should be alert for traffic pattern shifts and lane restrictions.”

PennDOT says that the bridge is to be “fully reopened” by Oct. 23 and that 1,650 vehicles on average use the bridge daily.

The work will be completed by Thornbury, Inc. of West Sunbury, Pa. at a total cost of $1,508,775.75, made up of 80 percent federal funds and 20 percent state funds.

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