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Work Begins to Rehabilitate Route 31 Kinton Bridge in Harrison and Napier Townships, Bedford County


The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that Thornbury, Inc., of West Sunbury, started work on April 11, on a project to improve the Kinton Bridge, which carries Route 31 over the Raystown branch of the Juniata River in Harrison and Napier townships, Bedford County.

This week, the contractor started shoulder paving, building false-work overhangs and shoulder widening. This work is being completed under daylight flagging operations and is expected to be finished by April 25. Motorists are advised to use caution and watch for construction personnel and vehicles. Short delays may be possible.

The next phase of the work will begin on April 26.  At which time, traffic on Route 31 at the project will become single lane.  Long-term traffic controls including placement of a concrete barrier, temporary traffic signals, and temporary painted traffic lines will be placed for the lane closure on Route 31.  The contractor will then begin to mill and scarify the roadway and bridge deck, hydro-demolition of the bridge deck and other work.

Township Road T-460 (O'Brien Road) will also be closed at the intersection with Pa 31 adjacent to the bridge on April 26.  The 2.2-mile detour for traffic on T-460 (O'Brien Road) will use Route 31 (Allegheny Road) and T-460 (O'Brien Road). Vehicles travelling on Route 31 will not be detoured. The detour is expected to be in place until early October 2022.

Overall work on this $1.5 million project includes the rehabilitation of the existing 4-span bridge with new, reinforced concrete deck overlay and barrier replacement, roadway approach paving and new guide rails. All work is weather dependent and will be completed by early November 2022.

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