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Cramer Bridge replacement, detour on track for spring

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By The Dispatch
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, 2:48 p.m.

A section of Route 403 in East Wheatfield Township will be closed to traffic as early as April 1 to allow for replacement of the Cramer Bridge, which crosses the Conemaugh River into Cambria County.

According to PennDOT District 10 public information officer Deborah L. Schreckengost Casadei, a detour will be posted using routes 56 and 22 and should remain in place for about seven weeks, while the replacement is completed.

Casadei reported township officials and property owners expressed agreement with the detour at a Dec. 18 public meeting concerning the project.

“The detour will permit the contractor to open the bridge sooner than the original late-October anticipated opening using temporary traffic signals and half-width construction,” Casadei stated.

The structurally deficient concrete slab bridge built in 1930 has reached the end of its life span and will be replaced with a pre-cast box culvert, Casadei indicated. J. C. Lee Construction and Supply Company was awarded the contract for the project at a cost of $816,515.

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