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Foxburg Bridge to open today

FOXBURG -- The new Foxburg Bridge, which carries Route 58 over the Allegheny River between Armstrong and Clarion counties, will open to motorists today, ahead of schedule.

PennDOT District 10 executive Joseph Dubovi said the opening of the bridge marks a milestone for PennDOT because it marks the third major bridge replacement project in the district in the past 10 years. PennDOT replaced the Ford City Bridge in 2000 and the East Brady Bridge in 2007.

Dubovi said the Foxburg Bridge project began in early 2007 and was expected to be completed in 2009, however workers were able to finish the bulk of the project ahead of schedule, allowing the bridge to open to traffic.

Officials said that construction work, including the removal of the old bridge, will continue through the summer and could be completed this fall.

Construction of a pedestrian walkway along the new bridge also remains under construction and can't be completed until the old bridge is removed, due to the close proximity of the structures.

The new four-span, multi-girder bridge carries two lanes of traffic over the river and replaces the original one-lane Warren Truss bridge, constructed in 1921. The cost of the project was $10.1 million and is being completed by Beech Construction of Carnegie.

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