Chartiers Twp. bridge to close

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Drivers who usually use Hickory Ridge Road to travel between Chartiers and Mt. Pleasant townships will have to find another route starting Monday.


The bridge on Hickory Ridge in Chartiers that crosses Chartiers Run near Ullom and McCarrell roads and Washington Avenues will be demolished and rebuilt. The existing structure has a 30-ton weight limit and is posted that only one truck is allowed on it at a time.


Work is part of a design/build project that will replace a total of five bridges in Washington County. Swank Construction of New Kensington was awarded the contract for the $2.8 million project.


Chartiers police Chief James Horvath said the road is heavily used by trucks related to the gas industry. He said a new well is being drilled on nearby Ryburn Road.


Horvath said drivers will still be able to travel from Ullom to McCarrell.


Mt. Pleasant police Chief Lou McQuillan is hopeful drivers will avoid some of the smaller, side roads.


The posted detour used McCarrell, Oak Grove Road and Routes 18 and 50.


Work is expected to continue through June 8.


Other bridges to be replaced include one in Coal Center and three on Route 136 in Somerset, North Strabane and South Strabane townships. Work on the Coal Center bridge is to start in late April. The Somerset bridge is to be under construction May 6; the South Strabane bridge May 30; and the North Strabane bridge April 25. The length of each project varies and detours will be posted.


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