Oil City, PA – The Brookhouser Road Bridge that carries Route 198 over French Creek in Saegertown Borough, Crawford County, closed today for rehabilitation work.
The bridge closed as scheduled and separate car and truck detours have been put in place. The car detour uses Grange Center Road, Gospel Hill Road, and Route 6/19. The truck detour uses Interstate 79 and Route 6/19. The detours are expected to be in place through August 2017.
Rehabilitation work to replace the bridge’s superstructure – the beams and deck – is part of a $7 million project that also involves construction of a single-lane roundabout at the adjacent intersection of Route 198 and Route 6/19 in Saegertown Borough.
Route 6 is to remain open to traffic throughout the construction project. At times motorists might encounter lane restrictions, with traffic controlled by signs and flaggers.
The 301-foot-long, steel I-beam bridge that carries Route 198 over French Creek was built in 1953 and is classified as structurally deficient. The bridge carries an average of about 3,500 vehicles a day.
Construction of the single-lane roundabout at the adjacent intersection of Route 198 and Route 6 is designed to enhance safety for motorists using the intersection and improve the efficiency of the intersection. Work will also include updated curbs, curb ramps, drainage, pavement markings, signs and guiderail.
The contractor is Clearwater Construction Inc. of Mercer, PA. The contract cost is $7,289,000, which is being paid with 80 percent federal funds and 20 percent state funds.
The project is scheduled to be completed by October 27, 2017.
PennDOT urges motorists to slow down when driving in work zones, and also to be alert to changing conditions, avoid distractions and to pay attention to signs and flaggers. Drive responsibly in work zones for your safety and the safety of the workers.
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