Work begins this week to replace the deteriorated Woolen Mills Bridge in Cooperstown Borough.
The existing 73-foot steel truss bridge takes Factory Street in Cooperstown over Lake Creek. PennDOT says the span was built in 1899, is “structurally deficient and functionally obsolete,” and is posted with a six-ton weight limit.
The new bridge will be a wider single-span, pre-stressed concrete span with a larger under-clearance and a pedestrian sidewalk.
During the $731-thousand project which should continue into September, traffic will be detoured onto Cooperstown’s Main Street, to Mill Street and to Maple Lane Drive.