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PennDOT plans work on Harrity Road

  • GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS The $3.1 million reconstruction project of the Harrity Road bridge in Franklin Township will begin this week.
    GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS The $3.1 million reconstruction project of the Harrity Road bridge in Franklin Township will begin this week.
Published January 04. 2011 05:00PM

PennDOT is getting ready for its $3.1 million reconstruction project of the Harrity Road bridge in Franklin Township.

From 6 o'clock tonight until about 5 a.m. tomorrow, the bridge will be closed so PennDOT can install a concrete barrier.

Traffic will be detoured on US 209, Canal Street and Fairyland Road, according to Sean A. Brown, safety press officer for PennDOT.

Brown said there is a possibility the bridge may have to be closed again tomorrow night for the same purpose.

PennDOT is replacing a span over Pohopoco Creek. The project officially began Dec. 9 and is not anticipated to be done until January 2013, says PennDOT.

The contractor is J.D. Eckman Inc. of Atglen, Chester County.

During construction traffic at the intersection of Harrity Road and US 209 will be controlled with a temporary traffic signal.

The scope of the project calls for replacing the 167-foot-long bridge over Pohopoco Creek between Route 209 and Fairyland Road.

The new structure will be 43-feet wide - about 10 feet wider than the present span.

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

The bridge is located near the Mahoning exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. It is one of the main arteries to Beltzville State Park and also is utilized by motorists traveling to Penn Forest Township.

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