PennDOT says 21 state-owned bridges in their six-county District 1 region will be posted with new or lower weight restrictions due to what the agency says is uncertainty about future bridge repairs or replacements blamed on the inaction by state lawmakers on the transportation funding issue.
New restrictions will also be placed on 40 county and municipal bridges in District 1. The structures are among approximately 1,000 Pennsylvania bridges deemed structurally deficient that are to face new regulations.
PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch indicates many of the new restrictions could begin as early as Thursday (Aug.29). More details are available under “Bridge Information” on the agency’s website.
Two Venango County bridges, both spanning Sugar Creek, are on the new list of state-owned bridges to undergo changes to maximum vehicle weight. They include the Wyattville Bridge on Route 322 and a bridge on Sugarcreek Drive, both in Sugarcreek Borough.
Other affected structures will include the Hunter’s Station Bridge taking Route 62 over the Allegheny River in Tionesta, and a bridge on Fauncetown Road, spanning Sugar Creek in Troy Township in southern Crawford County.
Eight of the affected bridges are in Crawford County, and five are located in Mercer County.