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Freeport Road near Highland Park Bridge will close for 2 days, then 6 months

Tawnya Panizzi
| Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, 12:06 p.m.
Freeport Road near the Highland Park Bridge will be closed March 10. The work originally was scheduled for February but was rescheduled. Traffic will be detoured across the Highland Park and 62nd Street bridges.
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Freeport Road near the Highland Park Bridge will be closed March 10. The work originally was scheduled for February but was rescheduled. Traffic will be detoured across the Highland Park and 62nd Street bridges.

Motorists who travel Freeport Road near the Highland Park Bridge will get a brief taste this month of a long-term detour expected to begin in April.

Freeport Road at the Aspinwall-Sharpsburg line will be closed Saturday and Sunday in preparation for a bridge replacement project that will shut down the road for up to six months.

The PennDOT project to rebuild the bridge over the Norfolk Southern rail lines, just west of the Highland Park Bridge, is expected to cost up to $5 million. It is expected to begin in April and run through October.

Mercer-based Clearwater Construction was awarded the contract.

PennDOT spokesman Steve Cowan said the structurally deficient bridge travels over an inactive spur of the rail lines.

Work is part of PennDOT's $220 million improvement program targeting 65 bridges in Allegheny County.

In advance of the reconstruction, crews will build a temporary pedestrian bridge which requires Freeport Road to be shut down this weekend, weather permitting. An alternate weekend is scheduled for March 3-4.

Traffic will be routed 2.6 miles across the Highland Park and 62nd Street bridges.

Port Authority Transit is finalizing plans that will maintain bus service in Sharpsburg, Mayor Matt Rudzki said.

Routes should be released in the next month.

Plans are also under way for emergency service mutual aid, Rudzki said.

“Our emergency management coordinator is working with our first responders and neighboring communities to make sure Sharpsburg will be well served.”

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Reach her at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.

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