St Marys, PA –  The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that work to replace a bridge in the City of St. Marys will begin Monday, June 3. The bridge spans Silver Run at the intersection of Joseph Road and Route 255. Replacing the bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Elk County’s list of bridges in poor condition.

Route 255 will be closed between St. Marys and Johnsonburg for approximately two weeks while the bridge is replaced. During the closure, traffic will follow a detour using Route 120 to Ridgway and Route 219 to Johnsonburg.

Local traffic will be permitted to access East Joseph and West Joseph roads. Apart from emergency vehicles, traffic will not be permitted to cross the bridge. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

Once the detour is lifted, the contractor will perform utility relocation and restoration work. This work will require the intermittent use of flaggers in the roadway to provide traffic control. PennDOT reminds drivers to use caution in work zones, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.

The overall project consists of replacing the reinforced concrete bridge, installing the precast box culvert, drainage improvements, guiderail installation and pavement improvements. HRI, Inc. of State College is the contractor for this $1.9 million job, which is expected to be completed by mid-October.

The existing 16-foot structure was built in 1931 and carries and average of nearly 5,600 vehicles daily.

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