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Route 56 overnight closures postponed again

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By Emily Balser
Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 10:24 a.m.

The planned closure of the Route 56 Bypass in New Kensington to install new bridge beams has been canceled for tonight.

The closure is now scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Project manager Dan Bartko said there was a problem getting the required state police escort to transport the beams, but didn't have any further details.

Bartko said the transportation of the beams requires a state police escort because they are so large.

The work already was postponed once due to permit issues regarding the beam transportation, but project manager Dan Bartko said the permits have been obtained.

The bypass will close intermittently between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. each night to install beams for the new cloverleaf bridge that carries Route 366 over Route 56.

PennDOT's official detour will take motorists about 25 miles around the construction by using Route 56 eastbound to Route 356, to Route 66, to Route 380, to Route 780, to Route 366.

Residents are more likely to use local roads such as Craigdell and Leechburg roads in New Kensington and Lower Burrell.

Emily Balser is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-7710 or

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