Bridge connecting Rush Township to Osceola Mills to remain closed

For the CDTOctober 19, 2013 

The bridge connecting Rush Township to Osceola Mills in Clearfield County was expected to reopen this month but needs more repairs.

LORI FALCE — For the CDT

Rush Township supervisors say that a bridge spanning Moshannon Creek might not reopen this year.

Supervisor Pat Couturiaux said earlier this month that the bridge connecting Rush Township in Centre County to Osceola Mills in Clearfield County is “not fixable.” The bridge, on Curtin Street, or Route 3409 in Centre County and Route 2051 in Clearfield County, was closed over the summer for “rehabilitation,” according to the state Department of Transportation. The work was intended to get the bridge off Pennsylvania’s list of “structurally deficient” bridges, and was slated for completion by the end of October.

PennDOT spokeswoman Marla Fannin confirmed last week that the bridge will not be reopening this month, but denied that the structure was unfixable.

“It needs more repair,” she said.

The repairs are halted while the project waits on more materials, said Fannin. There is also the complication of other commitments by the contractor, Francis J. Palo Construction, of Clarion.

Fannin said that PennDOT does hope to see the bridge “rough patched” and usable for the winter, but will work on accessible detours if that is not possible. Rush supervisors heard complaints earlier this month of the Spike Island area reroute being impassable due to a large truck.

“In the winter, it is difficult,” said Fannin.

The repairs, originally estimated to cost about $1.2 million, include work on structural steel, substructure, latex deck overlay, paving and more. The bridge, built in 1932, carries about a thousand vehicles a day over Moshannon Creek, according to a PennDOT release.

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