By Kaylee Lindenmuth
GILBERTON - A date has been set in stone for the replacement of the Gilberton overpass which takes PA Route 924, the Gold Star Highway, over the borough, the Mahanoy Creek, the Reading and Northern Railroad, and Main Street.
Work to replace the 5-span steel I-beam bridge with a 5-span pre-stressed concrete bulb-tee beam bridge will begin this coming Monday, and traffic will be restricted to a single lane to a side during the project.
"During construction PA 924 will be restricted to a single lane in each direction (there may be limited times when only one direction at a time will be able to go through with flaggers controlling traffic, and there will be short stoppages of traffic when they remove beams or place the new beams)," PennDOT Safety Press Officer Ron Young said in an email release. "Motorists are urged to use caution driving through the area. "
Additionally, a concrete mountable median will be reconstructed, and approximately 900 feet of roadway on both sides of the bridge will be milled and paved.
HRI, Inc. of State College, Centre County is the general contractor on the $11,615,655 project. The project is anticipated to be complete in May 2021.
The overpass was constructed in 1963. It is 385 feet long and 65 feet 6 inches wide. The new bridge will be 398 feet long and 71 feet wide. The Gold Star Highway in the area of Gilberton an average daily traffic volume of 15,413 vehicles.
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