Work to begin on Route 21 in April
WAYNESBURG – The state Department of Transportation expects to begin work in April to repave another section of Route 21, this one between Gwynn Road in Jefferson Township and Fox Road in Cumberland Township.
PennDOT awarded a contract to repave about 2 miles of highway to Golden Eagle Construction Co. The company submitted a low bid of $775,000.
Golden Eagle already has been given notice to proceed with the project and is expected to begin work April 1, said Darin Glitz, PennDOT assistant construction engineer. The company has until June 10 to complete the work.
The same stretch of highway was last resurfaced about 15 years ago, Glitz said.
Traffic probably will be restricted to single-lane, alternating traffic during the project.
Last spring, a slightly longer section of the road was repaved between the Junction Deli and the Paisley intersection in Cumberland Township.
That project, also completed by Golden Eagle, was more extensive and involved milling the roadway and resurfacing it, upgrading the guardrails and repairing the slope and a bridge parapet. That project had started in March and also involved single-lane restictions.
Work also is continuing on Route 21 on the construction of a new bridge to replace the 87-year-old Masontown Bridge carrying Route 21 over the Monongahela River.
The project, started early last year, involves replacing the existing two-lane bridge with a new four-lane structure.
Last month, the contractor on the project, Brayman Construction Co., was completing the final piers and erecting steel girders that will hold the road surface.
The existing bridge was built in the early 1920s and is considered “substandard” in width, being only 24 feet wide with no shoulder.
The new bridge will be 1,700 feet long and will be slightly higher than the existing structure. It will have two 12-foot travel lanes in each direction, outside and inside shoulders and a median.
The project also will involve the reconstruction of the approach road to the bridge extending 3,200 feet to the west and about 1,000 feet to the east of the existing bridge. The new bridge is being constructed north of the existing bridge, which has remained open to traffic.
PennDOT awarded the $49.6 million contract for the project to Brayman in October 2011. The company has until October 2014 to complete the project.