New Weight Restrictions for Deteriorating PA Bridges Have Begun

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The “High” bridge, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from road_less_trvled’s photostream

Traveling over many Pennsylvania bridges, one becomes acutely aware that we have some serious infrastructure problems in this state. In fact with 4,000+, PA comes in number one in having the most structurally deficient state-owned bridges in the nation. Worst of all, this problem is only going to get worse.

The PA legislature adjourned for the summer without acting on a transportation funding bill. That forced PennDOT to need to post new or lowered weight restrictions on hundreds of bridges statewide and 75 in our area. The lower limits are meant to extend the life of these deteriorating bridges since no funding has been dedicated towards repairing or replacing them.

The effects of the failure to pass the transportation bill will be far reaching. Not only will our bridges continue to remain unsafe, the revised weight limits will mean commerce will slow down or decrease, prices will increase, and truck traffic will increase as individual trucks will be forced to haul lighter loads. If passed, the bill would have generated 50,000 new construction jobs. Now, the state will likely lose 12,000 jobs.

And, of course, the lack of funding will affect pubic transportation workers and riders.

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Mohrsville Bridge over the Schuylkill River, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from RiverRatt3’s photostream

Posting of the new limits started on Thursday, August 29th in Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties including the following:

Fayette County
•Route 1050 (Englishman Hill Road), south of Route 982, over Mounts Creek in Bullskin Township, 33 tons except combinations 40 tons; (was 34 / 40)

Greene County
•Route 2016 (Mapletown Road), west of Route 88, over Whiteley Creek, in Monongahela Township, 14 tons except combinations 18 tons; (was 15 / 20)

Washington County
•Route 1009 (West Pike Street), south of Route 519 and west of Interstate 79, over Chartiers Creek, in Houston Borough, 35 tons;
•Route 1023 (Linden Creek Road), south of Cheslock Road, over Little Chartiers Creek, in North Strabane Township, 33 tons except combinations 38 tons;
•Route 1053 (Waterdam Road), between Canterbury Lane and Spring Valley Road, over a branch of Little Chartiers Creek, in North Strabane Township, 35 tons except combinations 40 tons;
•Route 4027 (Cedar Grove Road), northwest of Cross Creek Road, over North Fork of Cross Creek, in Cross Creek Township, 13 tons except combinations 22 tons; (was 313 / 24)
•Route 4049 (Main Street Extension), west of Interstate 79, over Chartiers Creek, in Chartiers Township, 32 tons except combinations 38 tons;

Westmoreland County
•Route 1034 (Athena Drive), north of the intersection of Route 1051 (Trees Mills Road), over Beaver Run, in Salem Township, 13 tons except combinations 18 tons; (was 20 / 30)

New limits on 29 county- and locally-owned bridges in Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties will begin soon. These will include:

Allegheny County
•Route 30 (Lincoln Highway) over the south fork of Montour Run in North Fayette Township, 29 tons except combinations 40 tons;
•Route 48 (Boston Hollow Road) over a branch of Wylie Run in Lincoln Borough, 32 tons;
•Route 51 (Elizabeth Bridge) over Route 837 and the Monongahela River in Elizabeth Township, 32 tons except combinations 40 tons;
•Route 65 (Ohio River Boulevard) over Spruce Run and Spruce Street in Ben Avon Borough, 32 tons except combinations 40 tons;
•Route 1006 (Saxonburg Boulevard) over a branch of Little Pine Creek in Indiana Township, 38 tons;
•Route 1012 (Church Lane) over Shafers Run in Indiana Township, 28 tons;
•Route 1013 (Saxonburg Boulevard) over Little Pine Creek in Shaler Township, 31 tons except combinations 40 tons;
•Route 1020 (Campbell Road) over Cunningham Run in West Deer Township, 17 tons except combinations 28 tons;
•Route 1027 (Pleasantville Road) over Little Bull Creek in Harrison Township, 28 tons except combinations 34 tons;
•Route 1028 (Bakerstown Road) over Lardintown Run in Fawn Township, 34 tons except combinations 40 tons;
•Route 1031 (Lardintown Road) over Bull Creek in Fawn Township, 36 tons except combinations 40 tons;
•Route 2010 (Lovedale Road) over Wylie Run in Lincoln Borough, 28 tons;
•Route 2031 (Lincoln Way) over Long Run in White Oak Borough, 33 tons except combinations 40 tons;
•Route 2046 (Streets Run Road) over Streets Run in Baldwin Borough, 32 tons except combinations 40 tons;
•Route 2065 (Thompson Run Road) over Thompson Run in Wilkins Township, 13 tons;
•Route 2075 (Logans Ferry Road) over Poketa Creek in Plum Borough, 29 tons except combinations 40 tons;
•Route 2086 (Leechburg Road) over Plum Creek in Plum Borough, 33 tons except combinations 40 tons;
•Route 2118 (Center Street) over Long Run in White Oak Borough, 25 tons except combinations 31 tons;
•Route 3021 (Walton Road) over Lobbs Run in Jefferson Hills Borough, 32 tons;
•Route 3069 (Liberty Bridge) over the Monongahela River, Route 837, I-376 and Second Avenue in the City of Pittsburgh, 30 tons except combinations 40 tons;
•Route 3070 (Santiago Road) over Montour Run in North Fayette Township, 35 tons except combinations 40 tons;
•Route 3111 (Sugar Grove Road) over Shouse Run in Crescent Township, 32 tons;
•Route 4017 (Pine Creek Road) over Little Pine Creek in Shaler Township, 33 tons except combinations 40 tons;
•Route 4036 (Big Sewickley Creek Road) over Big Sewickley Creek in Bell Acres Borough, 34 tons except combinations 40 tons;

Beaver County
•Route 18 (Frankfort Road) over Raccoon Creek in Potter Township, 34 tons;
•Route 351 (Koppel Bridge) over the Beaver River in Koppel Borough, 31 tons;
•Route 1008 (Shady Rest Road) over Hazen Run in Franklin Township, 30 tons except combinations 40 tons;
•Route 1026 (Reno Street) over Lacock Run in Rochester Township, 28 tons;
•Route 4012 (Brady Run Road) over McElroy Run in South Beaver Township, 33 tons except combinations 40 tons;
•Route 4012 (Brady Run Road) over the south branch of Brady Run in Brighton Township, 33 tons except combinations 40 tons;

Lawrence County
•Route 18 (Mahoning Avenue) over the Shenango River in the City of New Castle, 30 tons;
•Route 19 over a branch of Slippery Rock Creek in Scott Township, 32 tons;
•Route 65 (Ellwood Road) over an abandoned rail line in Shenango Township, 36 tons except combinations 40 tons;
•Route 208 (Pulaski Road) over Deer Creek in Pulaski Township, 20 tons except combinations 26 tons;
•Route 208 (Pulaski Road) over a branch of Deer Creek in Pulaski Township, 32 tons;
•Route 488 (Portersville Road) over Slippery Rock Creek in Perry Township, 38 tons;
•Route 956 (Neshannock Falls Road) over Little Neshannock Creek in Wilmington Township, 33 tons except combinations 40 tons;
•Route 956 (Neshannock Falls Road) over a branch of Little Neshannock Creek in Wilmington Township, 33 tons;
•Route 1012 (Frew Mill Road) over Big Run in Slippery Rock Township, 26 tons except combinations 31 tons;
•Route 1018 (Georgetown Road) over a branch of Taylor Run in Plain Grove Township, 25 tons;
•Route 2030 (Mountville Road) over Slippery Rock Creek in Slippery Rock Township, 24 tons except combinations 28 tons;
•Route 3001 (East Poland Avenue) over a branch of Hickory Run in Bessemer Borough, 28 tons;
•Route 3004 (Petersburg Road) over a branch of Honey Creek in North Beaver Township, 36 tons except combinations 40 tons;
•Route 3010 (West Washington Street) over the ISS railroad in the City of New Castle, 33 tons except combinations 40 tons;
•Route 4005 (Pulaski Road) over a branch of the Shenango River in Pulaski Township, 30 tons except combinations 40 tons;
•Route 4015 (Churchill Road) over Route 224 in Mahoning Township, 14 tons except combinations 18 tons.