Penn Energy Resources to begin Clinton Township bridge repair project
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Kiski River search finds kayak but no kayaker
- 24 teachers put on New Kensington-Arnold School District furlough list
- Police: Man riding bike in New Kensington strikes truck, dies
- Break-ins reported in Oakmont
- Apollo-Ridge students connect world, science
- New Kensington shooting victim’s condition improves
- Man uninjured after leap from Hulton Bridge
- ‘Defective component’ shuts down part of new ATI Harrison mill
- Pyrotechnics to be used in TV filming in New Kensington
- Springdale suspect’s fate could depend on mental health assessment
- Springdale police chief receives long-awaited job description