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Indian Head bridge over Indian Creek to be replaced

| Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 11:57 p.m.

Residents in the Indian Head area can expect some delays with construction of a new bridge at the intersection of Route 711 and Indian Head Road going over Indian Creek.

PennDOT spokesperson Valerie Peterson said the $2.4 million project will likely get started on June 18 and will not be completed until mid-March 2013.

But Valerie Resh, co-owner of Resh's store at the intersection, wants her customers to know that, the bridge will still be passable throughout the construction.

"We get a lot of customers saying they thought it would be shut down during construction and we don't live in Connellsville where you go around the block for a detour," she said. "Up here, these people have to drive miles out of their way to avoid the bridge if it were to be shut down."

Peterson confirmed temporary traffic lights are being installed at the intersection where the bridge will have one lane open for traffic.

She said the lights will work to allow traffic to come in one direction across the one-lane bridge before traffic going the other direction gets its turn to cross the bridge.

A bank and post office are also located in Indian Head across the bridge and customers will still be able to access them.

Kerry Witt, president of the Saltlick Township Volunteer Fire Department, said it was important for the bridge to remain open during the construction so that response time to accidents or fires would not be impeded.

He said the department would have rather seen a temporary bridge put in place than have the existing bridge down to one lane while the other lane is under construction.

"But we understand there are cost factors involved and we're hoping everything goes as smoothly as possible," Witt said.

Peterson said PennDOT would work with the fire department. She said construction was pushed back so as not to interfere with the fireman's fair at Resh's Park that is scheduled for the week of June 11.

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