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Waddle Road bridge construction continues

As construction on the I-99 and Waddle Road interchange continues, the road will be shut down for periods of time overnight.
As construction on the I-99 and Waddle Road interchange continues, the road will be shut down for periods of time overnight. nmark@centredaily.com

Motorists can expect delays through this week along Waddle Road in Patton Township as heavy bridge construction continues through Thursday.

According to the state Department of Transportation, short-term closures began Monday night for beam setting, closing northbound lanes overnight.

Southbound lanes are slated to be closed overnight from Wednesday to Thursday for further beam setting, PennDOT said. Southbound traffic will be diverted using the on/off ramps with flaggers guiding drivers through the intersections.

The bridge project is expected to run through the 2016-17 construction seasons, PennDOT said. The project is expected to total $14.1 million.

Bidding on the project began in October 2013, the CDT reported, with $10 million coming from Act 89, which eliminated the flat 12-cent gas tax and uncapped the oil company franchise tax.

The project is aimed at easing congestion in the area, PennDOT said, by introducing a wider bridge spanning U.S. Route 322. The new bridge will also include the addition of a turn lane on the westbound off-ramp, additional turning lanes at the Colonnade Boulevard-Waddle Road intersection, bike lanes and signal upgrades.

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