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Mission Road Bridge in Latrobe will close for replacement

| Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Beginning on Monday, a Latrobe bridge will be closed through most of 2014 while workers replace the aging structure.

The Mission Road Bridge, known locally as Murphy's Bridge or Baldridge Bridge, will be closed until at least late fall while the project is completed, Westmoreland County Engineer Henry Fitz said.

Latrobe public works Director Joe Bush said the city's trash transfer station at 696 Mission Road will continue to operate during its normal hours.

“It's going to pose an inconvenience to a lot of residents (and) the public works department,” he said. “(But) we'll be able to get through it. I think the overall result will be worth it.”

A detour will be posted from Mission Road to Theater Street to Route 30 and then onto Route 982 for the 4,400 cars per day that pass over the bridge, Fitz said.

The addition of the detour should not impact Route 30 traffic, he said.

The 200-foot span built in 1958 over Loyalhanna Creek is known as an “adjacent box beam bridge” that has concrete beams under the road surface, he said.

“Water infiltrates down into the pavement and causes the beams to deteriorate,” Fitz said.

A $3.4 million contract has been awarded to Golden Triangle Construction of Imperial, Allegheny County, the lowest bidder out of 16 for the project, he said.

Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or sfederoff@tribweb.com.

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