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What happened to bridge construction on East High Street? There doesn’t seem to be much activity for the past several weeks.
A two-year construction project to replace the East High Street (Route 74) bridge over the LeTort Spring Run is in “winter shutdown,” according to PennDOT spokesman Michael Crochunis.
This means there won’t be much construction activity over the winter, and traffic patterns will remain the same. The current pattern shifts traffic to the north, temporarily eliminating the left turn lane for eastbound travelers and using that lane as the only eastbound lane.
There will be slight modifications to ensure the construction area is plowable and to allow for winter maintenance, Crochunis said.
The project will resume in the spring when weather permits, and remains on time for an estimated November 2020 finish, he said.
Crews began working in the spring to remove the existing 83-year-old two-span concrete T-beam bridge and replace it with a two-span prestressed concrete spread box beam bridge. The project also involves the installation of erosion and sediment control measures, drainage work, roadway approach construction and new guard rails, signs and pavement markings. Work is being performed by McAlisterville-based Jay Fulkroad & Sons Inc.
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This section of East High Street averages 17,750 vehicles per day, according to PennDOT.
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