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Project to Preserve Two Bridges on Route 8 in Venango County to Begin Soon


Work will begin next week to preserve the bridge that carries Route 8 over Cherry Run in Rouseville Borough and the Rynd Farm Bridge over Oil Creek in Cornplanter Township, Venango County.

Work on the Rynd Farm Bridge over Oil Creek, which is located between State Park Road and Old Bankson Road in Cornplanter Township, is expected to start Monday, August 21, 2023, weather permitting.

The existing bridge was built in 1998 and is classified as in good condition. Approximately 2,400 vehicles a day use the bridge, on average.

Work on the bridge over Cherry Run, which is located near the intersection with Route 227 in Rouseville Borough, is expected to start Tuesday, August 29, 2023, weather permitting. 

The existing bridge was built in 1993 and is classified as in fair condition. Approximately 4,000 vehicles a day use the bridge, on average.

Preservation work on both structures will include milling and paving, deck scarification, overlays, seal replacements, the installation of sidewalks and ADA ramps, and line painting.

Motorists may encounter lane restrictions with traffic controlled by flaggers.

Drivers should be alert for traffic pattern shifts and lane restrictions and expect delays during active work hours.

The new bridge is expected to be opened by September 2023.  

The contractor is Swank Construction Company, LLC, of New Kensington, PA. The contract cost is $468,729, which is to be paid entirely with state funds.

This year PennDOT's Northwest Region expects to do work on more than 100 projects. To see a full listing of all the anticipated work, check out the 2023 Construction Book located under the Resources tab online at

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.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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Contact: Saxon Daugherty, 814-678-7095 or

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