News in brief from PennDOT


Intersection project to begin

Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. of State College will begin bridge work this week on the Route 22/Fourth Street intersection improvement project in Smithfield Township, Huntingdon County, PennDOT said.

On Tuesday, the contractor will close the Fourth Street Bridge to replace the expansion dams. Traffic will be detoured via a 1.2-mile southbound route and a 1.7-mile northbound route.

Overall work on the project consists of the realignment of Route 22 and new left turn lanes between Crooked Creek Road and the Lake Raystown Shopping Center. Work includes new concrete curbs, milling and resurfacing, pavement markings and signing, traffic signal upgrades, guardrail replacement and drainage upgrades. Bridge preservation activities will be completed on the four-span box beam bridge that carries Fourth Street over the Juniata River.

The $5.3 million project is expected to be completed by December.

Bakers Summit

Bridge work plans to be displayed

PennDOT will conduct an open house and plans display on the proposed projects to replace the Halter Creek Bridge on Sproul Mountain Road and the bridge on Lafayette Road spanning the tributary to Halter Creek Bridge in Bloomfield Township, Bedford County.

The session will be 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Bloomfield Township Municipal Building, 3387 Lafayette Road, Bakers Summit.

Representatives of PennDOT and the project team will be available to answer questions and receive comments regarding the project.


Detour to begin on bridge project

Contractor Francis J. Palo Inc. of Clarion will implement a detour, beginning July 15 in the evening on Dunnings Highway as part of the Newry Bridge Replacement Project in Blair and Freedom townships.

Work on this project includes the replacement of the existing structure with a single span composite steel I-Beam bridge. Drainage and guardrail upgrades will also take place, along with minor roadway approach work. There will also be some sidewalk installation along the west side of the bridge toward Newry as well as curb and curb gutter installation on the Leighty’s side of the roadway.

The roadway will be closed beginning the evening of July 15 and is scheduled to reopen July 29. The 8.1-mile detour will follow Dunnings Highway, routes 164, 36 and 22 and to Old Route 22.

Once the detour is lifted, work will continue and drainage, curbing and roadway resurfacing work will be completed.

The $1.9 million project is expected to be completed by September.

From Mirror staff reports