Centre County bridge reopens

The Pleasantview Boulevard bridge along Route 144, which spans Yocum Run, just north of Bellefonte in Centre County, reopened to traffic Friday.

This bridge was replaced as part of PennDOT’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. It will be removed from the state’s structurally deficient bridge list.

With the bridge reopened, motorists may notice a slight bump as they drive across the bridge until a polyester polymer concrete overlay is applied to the deck. This is often the final step in completing box beam bridge projects. The PPC overlay is designed to protect the deck from the wear and tear brought about by Pennsylvania’s harsh winters and reduce the long-term maintenance costs.

The PPC overlay will be applied in spring 2018.

This bridge is one of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

Replacement work for this bridge was performed by Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. of State College.