2013-08-29 / Local & State

Weight Restrictions Coming To 26 State Bridges in Region

Twenty six state-owned bridges in PennDOT District 9’s six-county region will be posted with new or lowered weight restrictions to slow the rate of deterioration of those bridges and ensure safety.

Those structures are among about 1,000 structurally deficient bridges statewide that PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch authorized for new or added weight restrictions on Aug. 22.

In addition, 46 county and locally owned bridges in the District 9 area of Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties are being evaluated for posting.

PennDOT is taking this step because legislative inaction on transportation funding left uncertain the department’s ability to repair or replace these bridges. The lower weight limits will help extend the service life of these deteriorating bridges.

The following is a list of state-owned bridges in the six-county region that will be posted in coming weeks, along with the new weight restrictions. The list includes combination loads, primarily tractor-trailers, which have higher weight limits because of the difference in how their weight is distributed:

Bedford County

Route 56, (Quaker Valley Road) over Barefoot Run in West St. Clair Township, 36 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads. Route 867 over a tributary to Halter Creek in Bloomfield Township, 36 tons.

Route 1001 (Imlertown Road) over Crawfords Run in Bedford Township, 32 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.

Route 2015 (Black Valley Road) over Sweet Root Creek in Monroe Township, 30 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.

Route 3021 (Cumberland Road) over tributary of Cumberland Valley Run in Bedford Township, 36 tons.

Blair County

Route 22 over Canoe Creek in Frankstown Township, 28 tons, or 39 tons for combination loads.

Route 1012 (Tenth Street) over Bald Eagle Creek in Tyrone Borough, 36 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.

Cambria County

Route 160 (Main Street) over the North Branch of the Little Conemaugh River in Summerhill Township, 33 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.

Fulton County

Route 3005 (High Germany Road) over Bear Creek in Union Township, 22 tons, or 30 tons for combination loads.

Huntingdon County

Route 26 over Muddy Run in Huntingdon Borough, 36 tons, or 37 tons for combination loads.

Route 26 over Murray Run in Oneida Township, 35 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.

Route 655 (Big Valley Pike) over Saddlers Run in Brady Township, 36 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.

Route 913 (Main Street) over Great Trough Creek in Wood Township, 35 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.

Route 1009 (Moore Street near 9th Street) over Muddy Run in Huntingdon Borough, 36 tons, or 39 tons for combination loads.

Route 1009 ( Moore Street at 11th Street) over Muddy Run in Huntingdon Borough, 34 tons.

Route 1019 (East Branch Road) over Standing Stone Creek in Jackson Township, 35 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.

Route 2001 (Selea Hollow Road) over Sideling Hill Creek in Jackson Township, 36 tons.

Route 3023 (Shore Valley Road) over a Branch of Three Springs Creek in Clay Township, 36 tons.

Somerset County

Route 30 over a Tributary to Calendar Run in Stonycreek Township, 32 tons.

Route 30 over Calendar Run in Stonycreek Township, 32 tons.

Route 403 (Barn Street) over Fallen Timber Run in Quemahoning Township, 34 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.

Route 2025 (Maple Valley Road) over Blue Lick Run in Brothers Valley Township, 36 tons.

Route 2047 (Beachley Street) over Flaugherty Creek in Meyersdale Borough, 32 tons, or 38 tons for combination loads.

Route 2047 (Mason Dixon Highway) over Bluelick Creek in Summit Township, 32 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.

Route 4008 (Beam Church Road) over Spruce Run in Jenner Township, 33 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.

Route 4013 (Keysertown Road) over Spruce Run in Jenner Township, 35 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.

PennDOT will begin posting new weight limits on these bridges as soon as Aug. 29. Notifications to school-bus operators, emergency service providers and other local officials began Monday. Posting on local bridges will take place at a later date after PennDOT discusses these changes with local bridge owners.

To view the bridges with new or lowered weight restrictions or to learn more about bridge weight restrictions and PennDOT’s bridge-inspection program, visit the PennDOT homepage at www.dot.state.pa.us and click on “Bridge Information.”

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