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McConnell Drive in Lyons has been closed since Saturday night because of erosion. (Lewis Geyer / Longmont Times-Call)

Interstate 70 ramps at Route 917 to be closed

The two eastbound ramps at the Ginger Hill (Route 917) exit off Interstate 70 could be closed as soon as Wednesday so workers can plug an abandoned natural gas well along the roadway, PennDOT officials said.

The closure of the ramps (exit 32A) in Washington County is expected to last through June 5, transportation officials said.

A marked detour will be in place that uses the Bentleyville interchange (exit 32B) to Wilson Road to Pittsburgh Road.

In Westmoreland County, residents are invited to attend an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Science Hall Theater at Westmoreland County Community College near Youngwood to review nine bridges scheduled to be reconstructed this year.

PennDOT officials and representatives of construction companies doing the work will be on hand to discuss the projects.

A public-private partnership involving PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners wants to repair 558 bridges over three years statewide.

The state is taking advantage of the P3 tool signed into law in 2012 to address nearly 4,500 “structurally deficient” bridges.

The bridges are primarily crossings on smaller state highways, many in rural areas, rather than interstate bridges or large river crossings.

The majority of design, construction, financing and maintenance risks over the 25-year term are the responsibility of Plenary Walsh, which will replace bridges for an average cost for design, construction and maintenance of $1.6 million per bridge.

PennDOT has estimated that if the work had been performed under its standard contracting process, the cost to design, construct and maintain a bridge for 25 years would average more than $2 million.

In related news, Leak contained at eastern Ohio natural gas well.

PennDOT maintenance garages in Westmoreland and Fayette counties are among those doing work on state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources vehicles in an effort to save money and time, spokeswomen for the two agencies said.

Starting last month, vehicles at seven state parks and one state forest began going to PennDOT garages for preventive vehicle maintenance, repairs, state inspections and emissions testing.

Mowing equipment will be serviced at the stations.

The savings are expected to result from reduced conservation district staff time and travel costs, officials said. The conservation agency sometimes had difficulty finding garages that were listed as state vendors and eligible to do the work, especially in rural areas, department spokesman Christina Novak said.

The pilot program centers on 10 PennDOT garages.

“There’s the opportunity it could expand in the future,” PennDOT spokeswoman Erin Waters-Trasatt said.

Ohiopyle State Park vehicles and equipment will be serviced in Fayette County, while Forbes State Forest vehicles and equipment will be serviced in PennDOT garages in Westmoreland, Fayette and Somerset counties, officials said.

In Fayette County, Route 21 between the Springdale Golf Course and the U.S. Army Reserve Center will have single lane closures between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. The closures are scheduled to take effect Monday and last until June 12. Flaggers will control traffic.

 

This article was written by Bob Stiles from Tribune-Review, Greensburg, Pa. and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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