TribLIVE

| Neighborhoods


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Freeport Bridge on schedule for completion in November

For more information

To get weekly updates on the Freeport Bridge Project visit:

www.freeportbridge.com

Friday, March 29, 2013, 12:56 a.m.
 

The Freeport Bridge project is progressing on schedule ahead of the official start of PennDOT's construction season on Monday.

The $64 million project is about two-thirds completed and is expected to be finished in November.

Carl Ray, PennDOT's Freeport Bridge project manager, said the major work this summer will be constructing the new northbound lanes of Route 356 and working on the bridge piers and pier caps.

“The big thing was the big holes we were drilling in the ground (for the piers). We're, what we call ‘out of the ground' and that's a major accomplishment to finish that on time,” Ray said. “From here on out, everything should fall right into place.”

Traffic patterns on Route 356 remain much the same as they have been since a major switch in November, when vehicles began using the new southbound lanes of Route 356.

However, motorists can expect shifting traffic and flaggers as crews build the new Route 128 lanes and the approach that will lead to the new bridge over Buffalo Creek.

Within the past several weeks, PennDOT closed the ramp from the Laneville bridge onto Route 128, which runs parallel between Buffalo Creek and Second Street in Freeport.

Motorists must travel past Devereaux Chevrolet and turn right onto Second Street near the BP gas station.

Freeport Council President Don Rehner said he's pleased the project is set to be completed on time.

“We'll be glad when all the dirt is done,” he said.

This year, the old northbound lanes of the Freeport Bridge will be demolished along with the bridge approaches from both directions, according to a weekly construction update posted on PennDOT's website dedicated to the project.

The demolition of the Laneville bridge is one of the final phases of the project.

Once the new Buffalo Creek bridge is completed, a permanent traffic light will be installed where it intersects with Route 356.

The temporary traffic light where the Laneville bridge intersects with Route 356 will be removed.

Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or jweigand@tribweb.com.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read AlleKiski Valley

  1. Leechburg Area replaces standout softball coach, who was cited for shoving student
  2. Parks woman accused of burglarizing house
  3. South Buffalo planning commission signs off on revised gas compressor plan
  4. Roaring Run Watershed Association pays fitting tribute to late naturalist Rau
  5. Sentencing set in Harmar election conspiracy case
  6. Restaurant owner submits lone, winning bid for Tarentum Station
  7. Alle Kiski Strong Chamber makes itself at home in Pittsburgh Mills mall
  8. Harmar police make 2 drug arrests as part of crackdown on crime
  9. Cheswick councilman resigns after missing 16 months of meetings
  10. Saxonburg man jailed for burning boy, 7
  11. Free lunch for Highlands, New Ken schools eliminates stigma
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.