|Innovative bridge first in State to use recycled tires|
Armstrong County, PA (November 1) - PennDOT Engineering District 10 is pleased to announce that the new Route 4023 Tarrtown Road Bridge in East Franklin Township, Armstrong County, completed construction on October 21, 2005.
The $3.7 million Tarrtown Road Bridge replacement project represents a significant infrastructure improvement for Armstrong County. The new bridge was built on a new alignment for Tarrtown Road. This realignment removed a sharp curve in the roadway, a heavily traveled commerce route that is used to ship goods and services along the Allegheny River, improving traffic flow and safety on the corridor. More than 2,000 vehicles travel on Tarrtown Road each day. Of those, 27% are trucks.
In addition, the project is the first in the State to use cutting edge technology that directly enhances the quality of life of all Pennsylvanians. In partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), more than 750,000 old tires were collected from the area and shredded to create a lightweight fill necessary because of soft soils in the area. These recycled shreds were used to create new approaches for the bridge.
"This project not only enabled us to replace an important bridge for Armstrong County, it allowed us to enhance the quality of life for our region and the environment by removing tire dump sites," said Richard H. Hogg, District Executive. "This is an important project for everyone."
The project is the result of a cooperative partnership with PennDOT, DEP, Allegheny Energy, APEX Environmental, Inc., the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners, Progressive Workshop of Armstrong County, Snyder Associated Companies, Inc., and Dr. Dana Humphrey, P.E., University of Maine.
The prime contractor for the project is A&L, Inc. of Belle Vernon, PA.