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Somerset turnpike bridge on track for fall opening

February 15, 2019

Poor weather has not delayed a project to replace the North Center Avenue bridge that spans the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Somerset.

Turnpike spokeswoman Renee Colborn said the $7.5 million project is on target to be completed by the fall. She said there have been no major issues with the project.

“While the weather has been a challenge, it has not put the project behind schedule,” she said.

The project, being funded by toll revenue, is replacing a single-span, through-girder bridge with a two-span, steel plate girder bridge. It will have two travel lanes, a turning lane and a 5-foot sidewalk.

“During this construction season, crews will be building the bridge deck, barrier and sidewalk in addition to constructing the permanent roadway approaches prior to opening in the fall,” she said.

A temporary bridge was installed for use during construction. There will be a turnpike closure to remove the bridge.

“This will require one overnight closure in both directions,” Colborn said. “The closure will happen on a Saturday night into Sunday morning when traffic is typically at its lowest on the turnpike.”