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Penn Energy Resources to begin Clinton Township bridge repair project

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Sunday, April 13, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

Penn Energy Resources is paying to replace the deck of a small Clinton Township bridge on Deer Creek Road damaged by heavy trucks headed to one of its drilling sites.

The cost to replace the concrete bridge deck is between $60,000 and $80,000, said S. Casey Bowers, senior vice president of Penn Energy.

The bridge is near the intersection of Saxonburg Boulevard and Deer Creek Road.

The road will be closed to through traffic in that area beginning Monday. The company hopes to complete the work by May 5.

Township Supervisor and Roadmaster Jim Halstead said the company bonded the road when it came in to drill. The bond requires the company to fix damage to the road.

Penn Energy inspected the bridge, which is on a weight-restricted road, before it started work and thought it would hold up, Bowers said. But heavy truck traffic during well-pad construction resulted in cracks on the bridge deck.

Penn Energy wants to repair the bridge before it brings in heavy drill rigs, Bowers said.

“At this point, you wouldn't want to take any heavy loads over it,” he said.

The abutments seem to be fine, Halstead said. The bridge is below the size that PennDOT inspects, he added.

“We need this bridge for our operations, but it's also the right thing to do,” Bowers said. “It's important for us to be responsible corporation citizens.”

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

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