Work on new Route 130 bridge slated to end by Thanksgiving

| Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, 9:00 p.m.

Construction on the new Route 130 bridge over the Pennsylvania Turnpike is on schedule to end before Thanksgiving.

Work on the new bridge and traffic signal upgrades is expected to be completed by Nov. 21, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and Penn Township officials said.

Plum Contracting Inc., which has the $6.4 million contract for the project, began construction in February.

Minor line-painting and landscaping projects will be finished in the spring.

“We should be done on the new bridge unless there's a major weather event that slows us,” said John Pavlovich, engineer project manager for the turnpike commission.

The project will increase the traffic lanes from two to four, with enough room to add a fifth lane, if necessary.

“We think it's going to be a significant improvement, particularly for the evening rush hour,” township Manager Bruce Light said.

One of the biggest changes will be a dedicated lane for drivers who want to turn left onto Pleasant Valley Road.

Gordon Slagle, president of the Penn Township Business Association, said that improvement will help to ease the eastbound Route 130 traffic jams, especially on Thursday and Friday afternoons.

Vehicles frequently are backed up about three-tenths of a mile from the intersection with Pleasant Valley Road to Geiger Lane, he said.

Despite the constant construction work for the past eight months, Slagle said he hasn't heard many complaints from business owners about the project.

“(Plum has) done a really good job at keeping things open,” he said.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 8671 or

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