Bridge repair work to start this week

CLEARFIELD — PennDOT has announced that repairs to a bridge along Route 219 in Clear­field County will begin later this month.

Temporary traffic signals have been placed to prepare for the start of work on April 22. The signals will be in flash mode all this week and will be fully operational on April 22. At that time, the signals will enforce an alternating traffic pattern across the bridge, allowing work to take place in the closed lane.

The bridge spans Patchin Run, south of Burnside. The work will upgrade the status of the bridge from “fair” to “good.”

Work includes removal of the existing deck, placement of a new concrete deck, beam repairs, barrier replacement, paving and guardrail updates.

The box-beam bridge is 25-feet long and was built in 1953. Average daily traffic on this section of Route 219 exceeds 1,100 vehicles.

PennDOT expects work on the bridge to be complete by the end of August. Should work progress allow, PennDOT will remove the traffic restrictions earlier.

This is the third bridge to get repair and preservation work under a contract covering seven structures in Clearfield County. Work on two bridges was completed in 2018. Work on the remaining bridges will take place this year and next.

HRI Inc. of State College is the contractor for the

$4.8 million contract.