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Delays expected during bridge repair

April 08, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

FRANKLIN COUNTY, PA. -- Drivers can expect more delays on I-81 in Franklin County and detours on many side roads when PennDOT breaks ground on another bridge repair project later this month.

PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny said crews are set to begin repairing 15 bridges between Chambersburg, Pa., (exit 16) and Greencastle, Pa., (exit 5) on April 13.

The $19.6 million project is an overall project to rehabilitate six bridges over mainline infrastructure and nine bridges over I-81, according to a press release issued by PennDOT on Monday.

This is the second bridge repair project scheduled to start in Franklin County this spring.

PennDOT said in March it will invest $23 million to repair five bridges between exit 17 (Walker Road) and exit 20 (Pa. 997/Scotland) now through 2010.

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Penny said it was more economical for the state to roll as many small projects as possible into one.

The state agency contracted with HRI Inc., of State College, Pa., to repair the 15 bridges in southern Franklin County.

The 15-bridge project is scheduled for completion in 2011, Penny said.

"Weather permitting," stage one of the project will begin on April 13 and as crews strengthen and pave the right shoulder in both directions of I-81 between exit 16 (U.S. 30 in Chambersburg) and exit 14 (Pa. 316 in Chambersburg), according to the release.

Crews also will widen and replace northbound and southbound bridge decks over Pa. 316 and repair and resurface northbound and southbound bridges over U.S. 30 and the CSX rail in Guilford Township, PennDOT said.

The state also plans to widen and pave the median, repair the left lane and shoulder area of each bridge and add an auxiliary lane between exit 14 and exit 16.

The agency reported that as many as 49,700 vehicles travel this area daily.

Drivers can expect delays at night as crews funnel traffic down to one lane on the 11-mile stretch of I-81 between Greencastle (exit 5) and Chambersburg (exit 16), PennDOT said.

Of the 9 overhead bridges scheduled for repair, only two, Zarger Road and Alleman Road, are scheduled to close starting April 16. The remainder of the projects will phase through 2011.

The nine overhead bridges scheduled for repair include Zarger Road, Clay Hill Road and Kriner Road in Antrim Township, Alleman Road, Pa. 914, Overcash Road, Guilford Springs Road, Lighthouse Road in Guilford Township and McKinley Street in the Borough of Chambersburg.

Penny said the contractor wanted to begin work in March, but PennDOT said it could not close roads and begin work until it established a trailer with electric, phone and computer access at each scheduled site.




Traffic shifts duirng bridge repair



o I-81 northbound and southbound bridges over U.S. 30 at exit 16 in Chambersburg:

Shifting traffic patterns and temporary single-lane evening restrictions started Monday as crews replace expansion dams, repair the bridge deck and apply a latexed-concrete wearing surface.

o I-81 northbound and southbound bridges over Pa. 316 at exit 14 in Chambersburg:

Shifting traffic patterns and temporary single-lane evening restrictions started Monday as crews widen and replace the bridge deck.

o I-81 northbound and southbound bridges over CSX rail line in Chambersburg:

Shifting traffic patterns and temporary single-lane evening restrictions started Monday as crews replace expansion dams, repair the bridge deck and apply a latexed-concrete wearing surface.

o Zarger Road over I-81 in Antrim Township:

Closed to traffic Thursday, April 16. The bridge will be closed for approximately two months and traffic detoured by way of Antrim Church Road, Clay Hill Road and Mills Road as crews replace expansion dams, repair the bridge deck and apply a latexed-concrete wearing surface.  

o Alleman Road over I-81 in Guilford Township:

The bridge will close to traffic Thursday, April 16, and will remain closed for approximately two months. Traffic will be detoured by way of U.S. 11 and Overcash Road as crews replace expansion dams, repair the bridge deck and apply a latexed-concrete wearing surface.

o Pa. 914 over I-81 at Exit 10 in Guilford Township:

The bridge will remain open to traffic as crews conduct substructure repairs.

o Overcash Road over I-81 in Guilford Township:

The bridge will be closed for approximately two months and traffic detoured by way of U.S. 11 and Alleman Road as crews replace expansion dams, repair the bridge deck and apply a latexed-concrete wearing surface.

o Clay Hill Road over I-81 in Antrim Township:

The bridge will be closed for approximately three months and traffic detoured by way of U.S. 11, Pa. 914 and Horst Road as crews replace the bridge deck.

o Guilford Springs Road over I-81 in Guilford Township:

The bridge will be closed for approximately two months and traffic detoured by way of U.S. 11, Kriner Road, Bowman Road and Country Road as crews replace expansion dams, repair the bridge deck and apply a latexed-concrete wearing surface.

o Lighthouse Road over I-81 in Guilford Township:

The bridge will be closed for approximately 2 months and traffic detoured by way of U.S. 11 and Overcash Road as crews replace expansion dams, repair the bridge deck and apply a latexed-concrete wearing surface. 

o Kriner Road over I-81 in Antrim Township:

The bridge will be closed for approximately 3 months and traffic detoured by way of U.S. 11, Orchard Drive, Pa. 316 and Kriner Road as crews replace the bridge deck.  

o McKinley Street over I-81 in the Borough of Chambersburg:

The bridge will be closed for approximately 3 months, between June and August, and traffic detoured by way of Stouffer Avenue, U.S. 30, Falling Springs Road and Willow Street as crews replace the bridge deck.

 

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