Award for Elk Run Bridge
July 22, 2014
PennDOT District 10 and its industry partners, SAI Consulting Engineers, and
Francis J. Palo, Inc., received the Outstanding New Multiple Span Bridge Award
from the Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD) for the Route
119 Elk Run Bridge Replacement in Punxsutawney Borough, Jefferson County.
award is given to the owner, designer, and contractor responsible for the
project. This 92’6”, two-span, multi-girder bridge carries Route 119 over
Elk Run. The bridge replacement project presented challenges due to a
parallel Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad bridge. Through coordination with
the railroad, the new bridge was widened, eliminating the opening between the
two bridges. This also permitted the addition of a turn lane on Route 119
at the bridge.
project included relocation of several utility lines and widening of the roadway
to facilitate adding a left-turn lane. The team coordinated with local
officials to preserve the historic, small town atmosphere of Punxsutawney
through preservation of a historic stone wall and adding decorative pedestrian
railing treatments while continuing pedestrian connectivity.
the Pittsburgh Chapter of ABCD honors a bridge that exemplifies innovative
and/or unusual techniques, designs, and/or construction methods.