OIL CITY – Work will begin soon to preserve the bridge that carries Fairview Road over Neshannock Creek in Fairview Township.

The bridge is seven-tenths of a mile west of Route 19. The deck-rehabilitation project will include a new concrete deck, barriers, and abutment waterproofing. Work will also include new roadway approaches, and updated guiderail and pavement markings.

The bridge is expected to be closed for about two months during construction, starting May 17. A 16-mile detour will be posted using Route 19, District Road, Route 58, Cochran Road and Delaware Street.

The existing concrete adjacent box beam bridge was built in 1965. It is classified as poor condition. An average of about 780 vehicles a day use the bridge.

The contractor is Shingledecker’s Welding Inc., of Franklin. The contract cost is $472,246, which is to be paid entirely with state funds.

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