Scotland bridge on I-81 to cost about $8.3 million

December 14, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

SCOTLAND, Pa. - Construction for the replacement of a bridge at Exit 20 of Interstate 81 should total at least $8.3 million.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation opened bids Thursday and has them under further review.

The apparent low bidder was Kinsley Construction Inc. of York, Pa., according to a PennDOT press release.

Construction is expected to begin in early 2008 and last until the summer of 2010, according to the release.

The initial focus will be on removing electrical, telephone and cable television utilities, PennDOT said.

One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained on the bridge throughout the project, which calls for the bridge to be demolished and rebuilt in halves.

"This is a long-awaited project to provide a new and wider bridge at this location and help relieve traffic congestion," state Sen. Terry Punt, R-Franklin, said in a press release.


Punt said he secured funding for the project 10 years ago.

PennDOT said the existing four-span bridge is 224 feet long with a roadway width of 30 feet. Nearly 12,100 vehicles use the bridge daily.

The new bridge will have two spans, measure 218 feet in length and have a roadway width of 70 feet for five lanes - two lanes of traffic in each direction and a center turn lane.

The new bridge also will include a 5-foot-wide sidewalk, PennDOT said.

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