Route 8 Bridge Replacement Project to Begin in Barkeyville Borough, Venango County

A project to replace the 79-year old bridge that carries Route 8 over a tributary of Wolf Creek in Barkeville Borough, Venango County will start next month.

Work will include replacing the 19-foot-long reinforced concrete slab bridge with a box culvert. The project is expected to begin August 5, 2018, weather permitting, and is scheduled to be completed by September 21, 2018.

The bridge is located near the entrance to Ward Trucking, between the intersection of Route 8 and Gibb Road and the intersection of Route 8 and Gilmore Road (SR 3004).

Work will include the removal of the current bridge, construction of a new box culvert, as well as new roadway approaches, updated guiderails, and pavement markings.

In connection with the project, a portion of Route 8 will be closed from August 5 to August 11, 2018. A detour will be posted using Route 8, Interstate 80, and Route 308.

The existing bridge was built in 1939, and is classified as poor condition (previously described as structurally deficient). It is used by about 6,900 vehicles a day, on average.

The contractor is MEKIS Construction Corporation of Fenelton, PA. The contract cost is $940,231.14, which is to be paid entirely with federal funds.

This project was accelerated by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation funding plan.

PennDOT urges motorists to slow down when driving in work zones, and also to be alert to changing conditions, avoid distractions and to pay attention to signs and flaggers. Drive responsibly in work zones for your safety and the safety of the workers.

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