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Scarnati Announces Bridge Replacement Project Approved for Jefferson County
August 16, 2013

Jefferson County- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has approved the replacement of the bridge carrying Route 949 over Clear Creek in Heath Township, Jefferson County, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Funding has been secured for the replacement of the bridge, which was damaged from the severe flooding on June 27 and has been closed since then.  The bridge, built in 1950, carries approximately 275 vehicles per day, predominantly into Clear Creek State Park.

“The massive flooding and damage caused by storms earlier this summer has had a serious impact on our region,” Scarnati stated.  “As we continue to recover it is important that our infrastructure is restored as quickly as possible.  I’m pleased that later this year construction of this Jefferson County bridge will likely begin, reinstating a safe and dependable route into Clear Creek State Park.”

The bridge project is estimated to cost between $1 million and $3 million.  Preliminary engineering has begun on the plan and it is anticipated that a construction contract will be in place and work will begin before the end of this year. The new bridge is estimated to be completed prior to the July Fourth holiday 2014.  More information will become available once the next phase of bridge design is complete.

Scarnati explained that investing in Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure, and ensuring that other local bridges and roadways are safe and reliable remains a top issue on the Senate’s fall legislative agenda.

“I continue to work with my colleagues in Harrisburg to address transportation funding for our Commonwealth and consider transportation funding to be a priority when the General Assembly returns to voting session in September,” Scarnati said.
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