November 23, 2016
A Casanova Road (TSR 958) bridge in Rush Township, near the Centre/Clearfield County line, re-opened to traffic today. With the bridge reopened, the detour around the project has been lifted.
The bridge was replaced as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. The bridge spans Moshannon Creek about three-miles northeast of the village of Hawk Run. Replacement of the bridge allows PennDOT to remove it from the state’s structurally deficient bridge list.
With the bridge reopened, motorists may notice a slight bump as they drive across the bridge until a polyester polymer concrete (PPC) overlay is applied to the bridge deck. This is often the final step in completing box beam bridge projects. The PPC overlay is designed to protect the deck from the wear and tear brought about by Pennsylvania’s harsh winters and reduce the long-term maintenance costs.
The polyester material can only be applied when temperatures are consistently above 40 degrees, dry weather is forecasted and after the bridge concrete has cured for at least 30 days. Flaggers will assist in guiding bi-directional alternating traffic when the PPC overlay is applied in mid-2017.
This bridge is referred to as JV-35 and is one of 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project. Replacement work for this bridge was performed by Glenn O. Hawbaker.
Media contact: Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners: McKenzi Loid, 412-475-5164.