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Project to Rehabilitate Morrison Bridge to Begin May 20

May 16, 2024

WARREN, Pa. – A multi-year project to rehabilitate Morrison Bridge that carries Route 59 over the Kinzua Creek (Allegheny Reservoir) in Mead Township is scheduled to begin soon.

The project will include making concrete and steel structural repairs, spot painting, and navigational lighting.

Construction is expected to begin May 20, 2024, weather permitting, and is expected to be completed by August 2025.

One lane on the bridge will be closed across the entire length of the bridge throughout the duration of this work. Traffic will be controlled by temporary signals at each end of the bridge.

An Aids to Navigation Plan has been coordinated with the PA Fish and Boat Commission and temporary signs for boating traffic along the channel will be posted during construction.

There will also be two 48-hour detours that will be posted in September 2024 after Labor Day. The detours, which will not be in place on weekends, will be posted using Route 6 and Route 321 (Kane-Marshburg Road).

The steel truss bridge was built in 1962. It is rated in fair condition. It is 1,812 feet long and carries approximately 1,000 vehicles a day on average.

The contractor is L.C. Whitford Company Inc. of Wellsville, NY. The contract cost is $6,082,432, which is to be paid entirely with federal funds.

This project is funded at least in part by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. In 2024 alone, the BIL is bringing approximately $25 million in additional funding to the northwest region to be allocated by the department and its local Metropolitan and Rural Planning Organization partners. In the northwest region, the planning partners are the Erie Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Shenango Valley MPO, and the Northwest Rural Planning Organization, for projects in Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango, and Warren counties.

Information on the Route 59 Bridge Rehabilitation Project is available online at under the Construction Projects and Roadwork link.

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