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Bridge open in Big Run

May 16, 2011

The Big Run Arch Bridge on Route 119 in Big Run was open Monday evening, as traffic was diverted back onto the bridge from the temporary road that had been constructed. Work will continue on the project, which is expected to be complete by June 13, according to PennDOT. (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

BIG RUN — The Big Run Arch Bridge replacement is nearly complete, as the new span was open to traffic once again Monday evening.

The project, which began last summer, is almost finished, as work on the tie-ins to the bridge need to be completed and the temporary road needs removed.

Deborah L. Casadei, M.B.A., District Press officer for PennDOT Engineering District 10, said the traffic pattern change occurred Monday evening.

The bridge over Big Run Creek is located between Smyers and Caroline streets in Big Run.

Casadei said the project involved the replacement of the existing structure with a single-span composite steel I-beam bridge. 

The project was held up last summer due to the use of foreign steel that the contractor, Russell Standard Corporation, of Bridgeville, Allegheny County, was going to use to construct the temporary bypass bridge.

Instead of a bridge, a temporary bypass road was constructed through the use of culverts that allowed the creek to pass underneath the temporary roadway and bridge construction site.

Work, including sidewalks and curbs as well as paving on the Route 119, will continue on the $1.9 million project, Casadei said, adding that the project is expected to be complete by June 13.

Casadei said since Russell Standard still has to remove the temporary roadway, there will be flagging operations for traffic control.

 Motorists are advised to anticipate traffic delays and be prepared to stop. Motorists are also asked to turn on their headlights, slow down and exercise caution when traveling through work zones.

For more information on the bridge construction and maintenance operations, access PennDOT District 10’s Web site a www.dot.state.pa.us/district10.

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