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Bridge spanning Buffalo Creek in Freeport to open next week

| Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, 12:56 a.m.

The new Laneville bridge across Buffalo Creek in Freeport will open on Aug. 13.

PennDOT officials told Freeport Council the new bridge will be open to traffic next week, but the old Laneville bridge will still be used temporarily.

Motorists coming out of the Lane-ville section of Freeport will make a left turn onto the old bridge, make a right turn, then take another right and go back across Buffalo Creek on the new bridge for at least several months.

The $63 million project, which includes widening the Donald Lobaugh Bridge across the Allegheny River, is scheduled to be completed in November.

Phyllis Hudek, owner of the Rainbow Inn, told council on Monday night that the ramp coming off the bridge is encroaching the tavern parking lot.

She added patrons are having trouble entering and exiting the parking lot and the location of the ramps is different than what PennDOT illustrated during public meetings at Freeport High School before the project's start in 2010.

“It was supposed to come down where the last house on Second Street is,” Hudek said.

Mayor James Swartz Jr. and council President Don Rehner told Hudek they would set up a meeting with her and the project manager.

The borough also agreed to maintain a guardrail system protecting parking areas near the new bridge ramps.

In other business

• Residents were reminded that the September council meeting will be held on Sept. 3, the day after Labor Day.

• Council awarded a $4,500 contract to Lampus Inc. of Springdale to rebuild a retaining wall along Mill Street. The new wall will consist of interlocking block 24 inches by 18 inches, and the cost will include backfill material. The money will come from the borough's special projects account. No start date has been determined.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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