Motorists on the Hulton Bridge connecting Oakmont to Harmar Township should prepare themselves to see construction to replace the iconic lavender structure by the end of the month.
Steve Cowan, safety press officer for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, told KDKA “visible signs of construction” would be apparent by late September on the bridge replacement project.
The scope of work includes replacing the two-lane existing bridge, which was built in 1908, with a four-lane structure, including consideration for bike and pedestrian facilities.
The project—estimated to cost $70 million to $90 million—also includes the reconstruction of the Freeport Road/Hulton Road intersection and realignment of Hulton Road at the Oakmont approach to align with the new river crossing location.
An upgraded traffic signal will be placed at the intersection of Freeport and Hulton roads.
As for those expecting major traffic delays with the project, fear not.
The new bridge will be built “off line,” so a detour will not be required. The bridge is being built just upstream of the existing structure. Maintenance and protection of traffic will be conducted in phases to allow for reconstruction of the approaches.
The new bridge is expected to open to traffic in late 2015. The project should be entirely complete by spring 2016.
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