SHIPPENVILLE – As spring turns to summer, attention in Clarion County turns to road construction.
During a PennDOT Transportation Outreach program held May 8 at the Clarion County Maintenance office in Shippenville, PennDOT representatives from District 10 — which includes Armstrong, Clarion, Jefferson, Butler and Indiana counties — outlined plans for several immediate and long-term road and bridge repairs in Clarion County.
2019 Clarion County Construction Projects
According to assistant district engineer for construction Paul Koza Jr., several road resurfacing and bridge repair projects are on tap for this summer.
The first project described by Koza was the Leeper North and East Brady North, which includes work in Farmington, Brady and Madison townships.
“This is a paving project along Route 36 and Route 68,” Koza said, noting that the work will be completed by IA Construction at a cost of $5,551,277.
As part of the project, he explained, five miles of Route 36 from Leeper North and eight miles of Route 68 in the East Brady area — from the county line north — will be resurfaced.
Work is expected to begin in the next month.
Picking up on a northbound paving project that began in New Bethlehem last summer, Koza said additional resurfacing work will take place along Route 66 this year.
“This summer we’re going to be starting at Interstate 80 and working south,” he said, explaining that the project includes overlaying approximately 10 miles of the roadway in Limestone and Clarion townships.
The work will be completed by IA Construction at a cost of $2,201,077.
“They’ll be getting started soon on this,” Koza added.
A third resurfacing project, the I-80 Emlenton project in Beaver Township, is also a continuation of a job that began last year, when two sections of the road were paved.
At a cost of $19,385,393, Koza said work this summer includes paving the final section under the Kahle Bridge, which was replaced last summer.
“I know there are some back-ups out there right now with traffic,” Koza said, adding that he hopes the paving work — also being done by IA Construction — will be finished by July.
He credited the state police for their work in keeping traffic moving, despite the large number of back-ups.
“I appreciate the state police out there,” he said. “They’ve been out there following the cues just about every day. We’ve had a lot of back-ups, [but] they come real quick and then dissipate real quick.”
In addition to the resurfacing work, five Clarion County bridge projects will take place this year.
The first bridge project, according to Koza, is the Reidsburg Bridge Curve project, which is currently underway along Route 68 in Monroe Township.
“We’re replacing one bridge, removing one and then we’re also paving about 1.2 miles of Route 68 in that area,” he said of the project, which is being completed by Frances J. Palo Inc. at a cost of $4,543,739.
In order to accommodate the bridge removal and replacement, Koza said a 14-day detour in that area of Route 68 will be implemented sometime between June 4 and Aug. 1.
“We allow the contractor to pick when that’s going to be in that timeframe so it works well with their schedule,” he said, noting that township officials will be notified before the detour takes affect. “It will be after the schools are out so there shouldn’t be any impact to any of the schools during that time.”
In Limestone Township, the Fenstermaker Railroad Bridge, located along SR 2005, is also slated for removal this summer.
According to Koza, a detour has been in place since April 17 and is expected to be removed by Aug. 4.
The $1,224,564 project is being completed by Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc.
A third bridge replacement project will be taking place along Route 58 in Licking Township. Work on the Turnip Hole Bridge No. 3 will be completed by Frances J. Palo Inc. at a cost of $522,048.
For this project, Koza noted, a 15-day detour will be in place. The detour is anticipated to begin June 7 and be completed by June 21.
“It’s a quick job for the contractor to get in, replace the bridge with a culvert and open the road back up,” Koza said. “They [Palo] will probably be working around the clock to get that done during that time period.”
Motorists should also be aware of another lengthy detour associated with the replacement of the single-lane Catfish Run Bridge, located along SR 3006 in Madison Township.
Koza said this replacement project is set to include a 46-day detour between June 18 and Aug. 3.
The bridge work will be done by Clearwater Construction for $641,400.
The fifth bridge project for this summer includes the replacement of the South Leatherwood Bridge in Porter Township.
Located along Route 861, Koza said the project will be let in July and is estimated to cost between $1.5 and $2 million.
“There will be a temporary signal with this project, so traffic will still be able to go through there a single lane at a time while we’re replacing the bridge,” Koza said, explaining that most of the bridge work will be completed next summer.”
Additionally, Koza discussed work to the Dolby Street Intersection, located along Route 68 in Monroe Township, that is currently underway.
“This project is a two-year job,” he noted of the $11,643,455 project. Contracted by Plum Contracting Inc., he explained that much of the preparation work — including drainage, island removal and utility work — will be completed this summer, with paving and reconstruction anticipated to begin in summer 2020.
The entire project is expected to be complete by spring 2021, Koza said.
• 2019 Raised Pavement Markings — includes replacement of reflectors in the center of the roadway in various locations throughout the district. The work will be completed by Concrete Coring Company at a cost of $119,338.
• Local Road Enhancements — includes the installation of LED lighted chevron signs at four sites in Clarion County. The $191,928 project will be completed by Bronder Technical Services Inc.
• 2019 Small Paint Contract — includes painting arrows and legends on roadways in various locations in the district. The project will be let on May 23 and is expected to cost $300,000.
Projects in Design
District 10 assistant district engineer for design James Andrews detailed the following PennDOT projects that are in design for the 2020-2022 seasons:
• Porter Township — Jack Run Bridge: includes bridge replacement along SR 2003 over Jack Run. A detour will be in place for the work. Officials expect to finalize plans and let the project at the end of this year, with construction to occur next summer. The project is expected to cost between $500,000 and $1.5 million.
• Monroe Township — Craggs Run No. 3 Bridge: includes bridge replacement along Route 68 over Craggs Run, just outside of Sligo. The project will be completed in phased construction expected to begin in 2020. Construction is estimated between $1 and $2 million.
• Sligo — Hodil Run Bridge: includes phased construction to replace the bridge along Route 58 over Hodil Run. Construction is expected to begin in 2020 at an estimated cost of between $500,000 and $1.5 million.
• Monroe Township — Curllsville Bridge No. 2: includes bridge replacement along SR 2007 over Licking Creek. A detour will be in place for the project, estimated to cost between $1 million and $2.5 million. Construction is set to begin in 2020.
• Paint and Knox townships — Arthurs 3R: includes rehabilitation of Route 66, expected to begin in 2020. Construction is estimated to cost between $5 million and $7.5 million.
• Ashland Township — Elmo Bridge: includes phased construction to replace the bridge along Route 322 over the tributary to Canoe Creek. Construction is expected to begin in 2021 at a cost between $1 million and $2.5 million.
• Limestone and Clarion townships — Limestone North PM: includes resurfacing and minor improvements to segments of Route 66 between 0200 and 0310, expected to begin in 2022. The estimated cost is between $2.5 million and $5 million.
• Porter Township — Leatherwood East PM: includes resurfacing of Route 861. Construction is expected to begin in 2022, and is estimated to cost between $1 million and $2.5 million.
• Clarion and Monroe townships — Route 68 Dolby Street to Trout Run: includes safety and intersection improvements along Route 68. Andrews said PennDOT is starting to advertise for a consultant to be on board by the end of the year, with design to start next year. Estimated to cost between $7.5 million and $10 million, the project is not currently funded on the TIP.
• Elk Township — Route 322 Paint Creek Bridge: includes replacement of the bridge along Route 322 over Paint Creek. Construction is currently not funded on TIP. The project is estimated to cost between $1.5 million and $3 million.
• Farmington Township — Lickingville Bridge No. 2: includes bridge replacement along SR 4004 over Licking Creek. Although currently not funded on TIP, the project is expected to cost $1 million to $2.5 million.
• Farmington Township — Tylersburg Bridge No. 2: includes the replacement of the bridge along SR 4004 over the tributary to Licking Creek. Estimated to cost between $1 million and $2.5 million, construction for the project is currently not funded on TIP.
• Beaver Township — I-80 Canoe Creek Bridges: includes replacement of the eastbound and westbound bridge structures along I-80. Construction is currently not funded on TIP, and is estimated to cost between $85 million and $100 million.