HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP —
PennDOT announced Tuesday it will replace an 80-year-old structurally deficient bridge on Route 58 in Hempfield Township.
The work will close off the main route between Greenville and Mercer for most of the summer, sending traffic to a marked detour or local roads bypassing the work area.
The existing 29-foot-long, steel I-beam bridge about 100 yards south of Methodist Road and a half mile north of Gruber Road was built in 1933 and underwent reconstruction work in 1989. On average, about 4,972 vehicles a day use the bridge.
Work will include construction of a new 44-foot-long pre-stressed composite spread box beam bridge, concrete bridge approach slabs and paved roadway approaches along with updated drainage, guiderails and pavement markings.
The contractor is Shingledecker’s Welding Inc., Franklin. The contract cost is $497,540. Construction costs will be paid with 80 percent federal funds and 20 percent state funds.
The existing bridge is scheduled to close June 3. Work on the project is scheduled to be completed by the end of August.
PennDOT said when the new bridge is completed motorists on Route 58 will have a smoother ride on a sound, modern bridge over Moury Run.
During construction a detour will be posted using Kidds Mill Road and Route 18.