The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced today work will begin tomorrow on a project to replace the Harrity Road Bridge over Pohopoco Creek in Franklin Township, Carbon County.

The new structure will be a 43 foot wide, 165 foot long, single-span concrete bulb T-beam bridge. It will replace the existing 167 feet long, 33.5 feet wide, two-span concrete adjacent box beam bridge.

Work also includes adding a left turn lane from Harrity Road to US 209 and installing a permanent traffic signal at the intersection.

During construction traffic at the intersection of Harrity Road and US 209 will be controlled with a temporary traffic signal. Tomorrow the temporary signal will be installed and there will be lane restrictions at the intersection during this installation. The temporary signal will be in a flashing mode until Dec. 15 when it will become fully functional for the duration of the project.

The Bridge will remain open during construction. However, at times there will be lane restrictions on Harrity Road and/or US 209, and updates will be provided when these occur.

Work on the Harrity Road Bridge project is expected to be complete in January 2013.

The existing Bridge was constructed in 1960. It has an average daily traffic of 7,144 vehicles.

J.D. Eckman, Inc, of Atglen, Pa. is the general contractor on the $3,171,819 project.

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Media contact: Ronald J. Young, Jr., M.P.A.,(610) 871-4555, ronyoung@state.pa.us.