New bridge work to begin for Charleroi-Monessen span

June 26, 2012

NORTH CHARLEROI A contractor will begin erecting steel July 9 to form the new Charleroi-Monessen Bridge.

Steel girders began arriving Monday at the site of the $26 million span being built over the Monongahela River, said Len J. Kubitza, an assistant project manager for the state Department of Transportation.

Joseph B. Fay Co. of Tarentum is behind schedule on the project due, in part, to high water during the winter on the Mon that kept flooding a cofferdam used to form a new pier for the bridge that will connect Routes 906 and 88. The span may not open until May, rather than November as first planned, PennDOT has said.

A PennDOT meeting on the bridge June 21 did not produce a new date for the span to open, department spokeswoman Valerie Petersen said. It has yet to be determined whether or not Fay will be penalized for the construction delays, she said.

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