Bridge replacements to close segments of Route 136 through December

August 12, 2013
This stretch of Route 136 near the Springhouse Country Market and Restaurant in Eighty Four is scheduled to close for two months to allow workers to replace a small bridge. - Scott Beveridge / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

Route 136 will be temporarily closed at different times in three municipalities through December in order for the state Department of Transportation to replace small, aging bridges.

The first detour will be in place Monday and last two months a mile west of the intersection of Routes 136 and 519 near the Springhouse Country Market and Restaurant, PennDOT spokeswoman Valerie Petersen said.

“Our bridges and roads, they’re falling apart around us,” Petersen said. “The good thing is they’re doing it quick.”

She said PennDOT is working to accommodate the transportation needs and getting crews in and out of these bridge projects as soon as possible.

Local businesses, including the Springhouse, have expressed concerns in the past about losing business to such Route 136 closures.

“I can understand their frustration,” said state Sen. Tim Solobay, D-Canonsburg.

Solobay said a longer bridge eventually needs to be replaced on Route 136 closer to Route 519, and transportation planners hope to be able to keep one lane of traffic open there during that construction.

PennDOT awarded a $2.8 million contract to Swank Construction Co. of New Kensington to replace the Route 136 spans and two others along other roads.

The other box-culvert bridges on Route 136 to be replaced this year are in South Strabane and Somerset townships. Swank also will replace bridges on Pike Run Drive in Coal Center and Hickory Ridge Road in Chartiers Township.

The detour beginning Monday follows Route 519 and Interstate 70.

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's from Duquesne University. Scott spent three weeks in Vietnam in 2004 as a foreign correspondent under an International Center for Journalists fellowship.

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