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Parks bridge replacement won't require detour

| Friday, May 7, 2010

A much-needed replacement project of the Dime Road bridge in Parks has no start date but will not involve a detour, according to PennDOT.

PennDOT held a community meeting about Dime Road Bridge No. 2 on Thursday night. Only one couple that lives near the area stopped by in the first hour of the two-hour session.

The bridge, which will be replaced once funding becomes available, is located on Dime Road near the intersection with Upper Mateer Road. The bridge carries Dime Road over Carnahan Run near Iron Horse Motors.

PennDOT project manager Alicia Kavulic said the construction will be done in phases using temporary traffic signals to guide traffic through a single open lane.

The project is in the preliminary design stage, which involves a public meeting with local officials, business owners and residents.

There's no cost estimate for the project yet, but the construction phase would last from six to eight months once started, she said.

"We want to have the project ready so when funding becomes available, we can just do it," she said.

No buildings will need to be purchased or demolished for the work. PennDOT will obtain by right of way about 6 feet on either side of the road, she said.

"It really needs to be replaced," Kavulic said. "It's starting to deteriorate."

Greg Ulisse, engineering manager at Homestead-based GAI Consultants, said the new bridge will be galvanized steel instead of concrete so the bridge will be able to better handle the frequent flooding of the creek.

He added that the bridge will be 20 feet longer — 59 feet — than the existing span.

The new bridge will have two 11-foot lanes, one 5-foot shoulder and one 9-foot shoulder. A new guide rail will be added, and the road would be repaved for about 100 yards on either side.

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