Log In

Reset Password

Hemlock bridge repaired, opens to one-lane traffic

A bridge closed and detoured in Mahoning Township since March is once again open to one-lane traffic.

The Hemlock Drive Bridge over Stewart Creek is once again accessible between Stewart Creek Road and Orioles Drive.

State Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon, posted Monday morning on his Facebook page that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced the bridge is now open.

“Earlier this year, the bridge failed inspection and was closed,” Heffley posted. “After speaking with PennDOT and its engineers, it was determined the bridge was repairable by local maintenance crew.”

Heffley said the bridge is open again for one-lane traffic, and added the complete replacement project of the bridge isn’t expected to begin until 2028.

“I’m grateful for PennDOT and everyone who worked together to find a solution to get this bridge reopened,” he said.

Built in 1925, the bridge was closed in March. Initially, the bridge was to be closed until the project would begin in 2032.

However, the closure caused a significant negative impact to residents who use the bridge for their daily commute.

The bridge has been repaired, and is expected to suffice until the bridge replacement project in 2028, which was originally scheduled for 2032.

Before the bridge reopened, a detour was in place that utilized Route 902, Route 443, Route 209, Packerton Dam Road, and Hemlock Drive.

The Hemlock Drive Bridge is a 17-feet-long, 20-feet-wide concrete slab bridge built in 1925. Hemlock Drive has an average daily traffic of 419 vehicles.

The Hemlock Drive Bridge over Stewart Creek in Mahoning Township is once again open between Stewart Creek Road and Orioles Drive. TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS