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Bridge project to start March 1

4-mile detour will be needed during construction

A bridge replacement project in Bedford Township, Bedford County, will require a temporary detour of Country Ridge Road starting March 1.

The bridge to be replaced carries Country Ridge Road traffic over the Pennsylvania Turnpike at milepost 144.85, according to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

During construction, a 4-mile detour of Country Ridge Road will be needed. Traffic will be redirected to U.S. Route 30, state Route 56 and Dogwood Road. This detour will be in effect until the project is completed this fall.

Construction work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The project will require some night work, which will occur periodically between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.

The existing bridge structure is planned to be demolished using blasting on March 21 with a backup date of March 28. Property owners in the area directly affected will be notified.

The new bridge will be a two-span, composite steel plate girder beam bridge.

The project also includes reconstruction of Country Ridge Road in the area of the bridge replacement project, replacement of turnpike’s median barrier and resurfacing the existing turnpike mainline roadway.

The $3.2 million construction project got underway in mid-February.

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