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Bridge replacement to force Route 286 and Route 66 detours in Washington Township

| Thursday, March 28, 2013, 7:09 p.m.
Jason Bridge | Valley News Dispatch
A truck crosses the Route 286 bridge over Route 66 in Washington Township on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. The bridge will close on Monday, April 1, so crews can begin demolishing it.
Jason Bridge | Valley News Dis
A construction crew places signs about the upcoming closure of the bridge that carries Route 286 over Route 66 in Washington Township on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. The bridge will close on Monday, April 1, so crews can begin demolishing it.

Beginning Monday, motorists who travel Route 286 and Route 66 in Washington Township will have to do some extra driving.

Work is slated to begin Monday on a $1.7 million replacement of the Route 286 bridge that carries traffic over Route 66. PennDOT is using J.F. Shea Construction of Mt. Pleasant as the contractor.

During construction, Route 286 traffic will be detoured from Route 380 to Route 366 to Route 66 to Mamont Drive.

While the bridge is demolished and beams are installed on the new bridge, Route 66 traffic below will detour onto Mamont Drive.

The work will take place between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., PennDOT officials said.

Washington Township Supervisor Joseph Olszew-ski said detour signs are posted. He believes the Route 66 detour will be in place for about three weeks.

“After that, they indicate there won't be any restrictions on Route 66,” Olszewski said.

He said township officials weren't aware that the Route 286 overpass was slated for replacement until recently.

“We're happy they are taking care of the problems in our community,” Olszewski said.

Olszewski said his primary concern is how the detours and roadwork will impact traffic on side roads.

“We are worried that it's going to throw a lot more traffic on our side streets, which we'll be monitoring with our police,” Olszewski said.

He said some school buses likely will be rerouted as well.

The project is expected to be completed by late September.

Liz Hayes is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-2680 or lhayes@tribweb.com.

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