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Valley News Dispatch

East Deer bridge replacements delayed until mid-July

Emily Balser
| Thursday, June 28, 2018, 3:54 p.m.
The bridge over Crawford Run in East Deer is one of two that will be replaced this month as part of the state's Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. File photo from 2016.
Eric Felack | Tribune-Review
The bridge over Crawford Run in East Deer is one of two that will be replaced this month as part of the state's Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. File photo from 2016.
A small bridge along Freeport Road in East Deer near the Pittsburgh Glass Works plant is one of two slated for repairs, which are now set to occur in a few weeks. File photo from 2016.
Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
A small bridge along Freeport Road in East Deer near the Pittsburgh Glass Works plant is one of two slated for repairs, which are now set to occur in a few weeks. File photo from 2016.

Two bridge replacements that were supposed to start this week in East Deer have been delayed until mid-July.

Bridges will be replaced in front of the Sheetz gas station and the Creighton post office along Freeport Road.

“We're aiming to try to get both started on July 16,” said Jeff Rossi, spokesman with Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners.

Rossi said the project is delayed because the company is waiting for contractors to be available.

The recent rainy weather has put the contractors behind on other jobs.

Freeport Road through East Deer will remain open with a portable traffic signal to keep one lane open during the projects.

Rossi said the traffic lights will begin flashing three days before the project to warn residents it's about to start.

“That'll give drivers the heads up that we're good to go,” Rossi said.

The projects are expected to take about six months.

The bridges are being replaced as part of the state's Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, a private-public partnership between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners to replace 558 structurally deficient bridges statewide.

Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4680, emilybalser@tribweb.com or via Twitter @emilybalser.

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