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Winfield awards $63K contact to replace Keasey Road

| Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, 12:56 a.m.

The Keasey Road bridge replacement project in Winfield is set to go.

Supervisors on Thursday night awarded a $63,000 contract to Simmonds Construction of Saxonburg to replace the small span over a tributary of Little Buffalo Creek.

Money to rebuild the bridge will come from the township's Marcellus shale impact fees.

The project will take less than two months, but a road closure of three weeks is anticipated.

Officials said a detour will be established, probably via Jones Road and Holl Road.

Winfield, however, is waiting to hear from Jason Davidek, South Butler School District transportation director, as to which detour route would be least disruptive to school bus service.

The target date to finish the project is Oct. 31.

The new, 95-foot culvert pipe will be made of aluminum and the bridge deck will be repaved. The bridge was considered ‚Äúsignificantly deteriorated‚ÄĚ when it was inspected last year.

In another bridge replacement, the Center Avenue bridge over Little Buffalo Creek has its first phase completed.

Public works employees have removed old stones, dirt and asphalt.

The bridge is functional now, but was closed for three days recently because of a washout hole near the bridge.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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