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Ailing bridge to be replaced in Potter County starting July 5th, 30 mile detour on Rt. 144


Coudersport, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will begin a bridge replacement soon on Route 144 in Potter County. The bridge spans Ives Hollow Run in the village of Carter Camp. PennDOT expects work to begin July 5. The 28-foot bridge dates from 1934 and carries an average of 281 vehicles each day. Replacing the bridge will improve its rating from poor to good.

As work begins on July 5, the bridge will be closed, and a lengthy detour of 30 miles will be in place. The detour will direct motorists to use Route 44, Route 2002 (West Branch Road), Route 6, and Route 144. The official detour will be used through the duration of the project, currently expected to finish by August 8. Motorists familiar with the area may consider alternate routes.

Work will include removal of the existing T-beam bridge, placement of a new, precast concrete box culvert, paving, pavement base drain, guide rail, and miscellaneous items. All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc, of State College is the contractor for this $1 million job.

PennDOT reminds drivers to use caution in work zones, follow official detour signs, obey posted speed limits and always buckle up.

Motorists are encouraged to “Know Before They Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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