North Fork bridges plan will be on virtual display

From staff reports

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced virtual viewing of the plans for the Interstate 80 North Fork bridges project in Brookville and Pine Creek Township, Jefferson County, will be available from March 1 through 22.

Interested people can go to www.PennDOT.gov/District10, click on the “Public Meetings/Studies” link under the “District Links” heading, click the “Jefferson County” box and then choose “North Fork Bridges Project” tile.

The purpose of the project is to provide safe, efficient and effective crossings of I-80 over North Fork Redbank Creek and Water Plant Road that appropriately accommodate interstate traffic with respect to connectivity, mobility, loading and geometry, PennDOT said in a news release.

This section of I-80 has a posted speed limit of 70 mph, and has horizontal and vertical geometry that doesn’t meet 70-mph design criteria, according to PennDOT.

Many crashes, nearly twice the statewide average, have occurred on this segment of I-80 due to a substandard curve on the western approach to the eastbound bridge, PennDOT said.

In addition, PennDOT said, the project will include replacement of the I-80 eastbound and westbound bridges over Route 4003 (Jenks Street), as well as replacement of the Route 4005 (Richardsville Road) bridges over I-80. The project also will include the extension of the North Fork Park Culvert, which carries I-80 traffic over the tributary to North Fork Redbank Creek.

PennDOT said it doesn’t anticipate detours on I-80 during construction. The interstate will maintain two lanes of traffic in each direction for the majority of construction. However, temporary lane closures could occur.

Detours are anticipated on both Jenks Street and Richardsville Road.