The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today work will begin Friday, August 24 to replace the structurally deficient PA 309 bridge over Kershners Creek in West Penn Township, Schuylkill County.
Crews will replace the existing concrete T-beam bridge with a new concrete bulb T-beam bridge.
Starting August 24, and lasting throughout construction, there will be new traffic patterns implemented on PA 309 at Kershners Creek. While traffic will be maintained in both directions, travel lanes on PA 309 will be shifted and reduced to one 11 foot travel lane in each direction. Motorists are advised to use caution driving through the work zone.
Also during construction, access from Zion Stone Church Road to PA 309 will be restricted. Zion Stone Church Road traffic will utilize Cemetery Road as a detour to access PA 309.
The project is expected to be complete in September 2013. All schedules are weather dependent.
J.D. Eckman, Inc. of Atglen, Pa. is the general contractor on the $1,874,525 project.
The PA 309 bridge was originally constructed in 1930 and reconstructed in 1951. The bridge is 41 feet long and 48 feet wide. The new bridge will be 72 feet long and 55 feet wide. PA 309 has an average daily traffic volume of 7,065 vehicles.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times