|Bridge will offer access to Freeport|
Armstrong County (August 23) – PennDOT Engineering District 10 announced today that the Laneville Bridge in the Borough of Freeport will be opened to two-way traffic beginning Friday, August 25, 2006.
Changing the one-way bridge to two-way use will give all vehicles direct access to Freeport from Route 356, ending a detour required for vehicles over 6,000 pounds. The detour has been in effect since the Freeport Bridge was weight restricted to three tons on Tuesday, August 1, 2006. The Freeport Bridge carries Route 356 over the Allegheny River and Buffalo Creek.
There is no weight restriction on the Laneville Bridge.
Temporary traffic signals have been set up at the Laneville Bridge to direct traffic. PennDOT is cautioning motorists to remain alert while traveling through the new traffic pattern.
Motorists should expect delays during peak travel hours.
A $3 million contract was awarded last week to the Joseph B. Fay Co. of Russellton to make repairs to the Freeport Bridge so the weight restriction can be lifted. Repairs to the section of the Freeport Bridge that spans Buffalo Creek are expected to be completed in September, at which time traffic will be able to enter and exit Freeport using the original route from Route 28 and from Natrona Heights. The Laneville Bridge will revert to one-way use at that time.
Traffic over three tons from east of the Allegheny River will continue to follow the detour until the project is completed.
Repairs to the rest of Freeport Bridge are scheduled to be completed in December.