New Weight Restrictions Coming to 45 State Bridges
August 28, 2013
JEFFERSON COUNTY– Forty five state-owned bridges in Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Indiana, and
Jefferson Counties will be posted with new or lowered weight restrictions to
slow the rate of deterioration of those bridges and ensure safety.
Those 45 structures are among the approximately 1,000
structurally deficient brides statewide that PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch
authorized for new or added weight restrictions.
The restrictions will also apply on 15 county and locally
owned bridges in the District 10 area.
PennDOT is taking this step because legislative inaction on
transportation funding left uncertain the department’s ability to repair or
replace these bridges. The lower weight limits will help extend the service
life of these deteriorating bridges.
The following is a list of state-owned bridges in the
five-county region that will be posted in coming weeks, along with the new
weight restrictions. The list includes
combination loads, primary tractor trailers, which have higher weight limits
because of the difference in how their weight is distributed.
410 over Beaver Run, Henderson Township, 35 tons, or 40 tons combination loads
4005, Richardsville Road, over North Fork Creek, Warsaw Township, 32 tons, or
38 tons combination loads
PennDOT will begin posting bridges with weight limits as
soon as Aug. 29. Notifications to school-bus operators, emergency-service
providers and other local officials will begin today. Posting on local bridges
will take place at a later date after PennDOT discusses these changes with
local bridge owners.