Mt. Pleasant Road Bridge construction delayed at least a week |

Mt. Pleasant Road Bridge construction delayed at least a week

Work to replace the Mt. Pleasant Road bridge, which spans Sewickley Creek in Norvelt, has been delayed to the week of Dec. 11 — or possibly later.

The contractor, Walsh/Granite of Robinson Township, was to begin work next week, but a subcontractor is unable to start for another week or perhaps until Dec. 18, said Jeff Rossi, a spokesman for Walsh/Granite.

“It will get started before Christmas,” Rossi said. The project, originally set to be finished in mid-May, might not be completed until June, Walsh said.

An alternative traffic pattern, controlled by temporary traffic signals, will be used while the new bridge is being constructed.

Rossi said the new bridge will be built in two sections. As one half is being torn down and then rebuilt, the other lane will remain open, he said.

Traffic signals will be set up in the construction area to control the movement of vehicles, Rossi said. Business owners in Norvelt who will be affected by the construction have been informed, Rossi said.

The bridge is one of the 558 that PennDOT is replacing under its rapid bridge replacement project that it is conducting as a joint venture with private contractors.

The bridge replacement project is a partnership between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners, under which Plenary Walsh will finance, design, replace and maintain the bridges for 25 years. This approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-5252 or [email protected].

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