Indiana Township prepares for second Route 910 bridge closing
Another Indiana Township bridge over the Pennsylvania Turnpike will close Monday, one of three Route 910 bridges and one of six total that need to be revamped for the turnpike's widening project.
A portion of Route 910 between Cedar Run Road and Myers Lane is expected to be closed until December. Turnpike Commission contractor Lane Construction Corp. is replacing the western-most Route 910 bridge over the turnpike.
The posted 14-mile detour sends drivers south on Saxonburg Boulevard to Harts Run Road and then north on Middle Road to get back to Route 910 (also called Gibsonia Road).
The commission and PennDOT typically must use state roads that can carry large truck traffic for official detours.
Local drivers might use other routes, such as an approximately 4.5-mile detour on Saxonburg Boulevard north to Campbell Road, which intersects with Route 910 in West Deer.
The Turnpike Commission already replaced the eastern-most Route 910 bridge and the Middle Road bridge in Hampton. Construction is ongoing on the Rich Hill Road bridge, which is the only bridge the commission did not need to close.
In 2015, the middle Route 910 bridge and the Saxonburg Boulevard bridge are scheduled to be replaced.
Both are expected to involve road closures and detours.
Four of the bridges are located in a less than 2-mile stretch in Indiana Township. The Rich Hill Road bridge, which is expected to be complete in May, is in Harmar.
Indiana Township Manager Dan Anderson said township residents and businesses are coping as best they can with the construction.
“This detour is a little simpler than the previous one,” Anderson said. “Hopefully, this one won't be as bad.”
Anderson said drivers familiar with the area tend to find their way around the closures without too much problem; most of the difficulty comes with drivers from out of the area.
“I think most of the local residents will find their way,” Anderson said.
The commission plans replace the existing, 28-foot-wide Route 910 bridge with a four-span steel girder bridge that will be about 40 feet wide.
Each travel lane will be increased by 2 feet to 12 feet each, and the shoulders will be doubled in width to 8 feet each.
All the bridges need to be replaced to make way for a wider, reconstructed turnpike between the Allegheny Valley and Butler Valley interchanges.
An 8-mile stretch of turnpike between mileposts 40 and 48 will be widened from two lanes to three lanes in each direction. The project also will more than double the median space separating the eastbound and westbound lanes to a total of 26 feet.
Work on the eastbound lanes of the turnpike is supposed to ramp up this year and continue through 2015; westbound is scheduled primarily for 2016 and 2017.
The Turnpike Commission believes the project will improve safety and reduce congestion on a section of the road that was built in 1951.
About 40,000 vehicles per day travel that section.
The $200 million project began last year and is expected to continue into 2018.
Once completed, the commission will have spent more than $600 million to rebuild 30 miles of the turnpike between New Stanton and Ohio.
The commission already widened the turnpike to the east of the Allegheny Valley interchange, including building a replacement Allegheny River Bridge. Also widened was the section from Butler Valley west to Warrendale.
Liz Hayes is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4680 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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