PennDOT Briefs 12/8/2012
PennDOT to remove weight restrictions on several routes in Bradford County
PennDOT advises motorists in Bradford County that weight restrictions will soon be removed on several routes following gas-company upgrades.
The current 10-ton postings will be removed from these roads:
- Route 1052 (Ridge Road) in Sheshequin, Athens and Litchfield townships, from the intersection with Sheshequin Road to the intersection with Orange Hill Road;
- Route 1057 (Sportsmans Road/North Rome Road) in Sheshequin and Litchfield townships, from the intersection with Ghent Hill Road to the intersection with Cotton Hollow Road;
- Route 2025 (Homets Ferry Road) in Wyalusing Township, from the intersection with Ferry Road to the intersection with Route 6; and
- Route 4012 (Laurel Hill Road) in Smithfield and Ulster townships, from both of its intersections with Milan Road.
The postings will be lifted as soon as the road-posted signs are removed.
Regional PennDOT bridge crew tackles new project
PennDOT's Tioga County bridge crew recently completed a new type of bridge project, expanding the department's expertise in projects that meet varied customer needs.
The new project was a rigid-frame bridge, essentially a three-sided concrete structure, that replaced the structurally deficient bridge carrying Route 4007 (California Road) over California Brook, north of Westfield. The department-force crew removed the old bridge and built the new bridge's concrete bases, with a private contractor setting the new frame in place.
The rigid-frame bridge arrives as an assembled precast structure, which can accelerate a project schedule. The frame, which doesn't have a bottom, required less excavation, resulting in reduced impacts on the natural stream in the project area.
This type of project will be considered for future district department-force projects for spans up to 35 feet long, expanding the department's options in efficiently delivering small bridge projects.
PennDOT District 3, including Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga and Union counties, has used department-force bridge crews for smaller bridge projects in recent years. In an average year, these crews replace or perform major rehabilitations on nearly two dozen smaller structurally deficient bridges, with many of those projects involving concrete box culverts. Savings from these in-house projects allow the district to invest in additional bridge needs.
For more information, visit www.dot.state.pa.us/district3