PennDOT Announces Bridge Replacement Project in Heath Township

HEATH TOWNSHIP, Pa. – PennDOT’s Indiana-based District 10 announced today that funding has been secured to replace the bridge carrying Route 949 over Clear Creek in Heath Township, Jefferson County.

The bridge, near Clear Creek State Park, has been closed since June 27 due to flooding. This bridge, built in 1950, carries approximately 275 vehicles per day, predominantly into Clear Creek State Park.

District 10 personnel have been working on securing funding for the estimated $1 million to $3 million emergency bridge replacement project since the bridge closed. The funding has been secured and preliminary engineering has started on the project.

It is anticipated that a construction contract will be in place and work will begin before the end of this year.

When the bridge design is complete, PennDOT will announce further details on the project. Depending on weather and project scheduling, PennDOT estimates that the new bridge could be open by Independence Day in 2014.

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