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Senior citizens fall luncheon rescheduled

MIFFLINTOWN — A senior citizens’ fall luncheon has been rescheduled for 12:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Juniata High School cafeteria.

The luncheon features a free meal served by Juniata High School students, musical entertainment and artwork, student-led tours of the school and the opportunity to meet school district faculty, staff and administrators, as well as board members.

Construction complete for bridge project

MCALISTERVILLE- Construction is complete for a Route 1004 (Shade Road) bridge, that spans Little Lost Creek in McAlisterville, Juniata County. The bridge was replaced as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

The bridge reopened to traffic on Wednesday, December 5. Replacement work was performed by Kevin E. Raker Construction, LLC of Sunbury, PA.

The new crossing is longer and wider than the one it replaced and is designed with a 100-year lifespan.

This bridge is referred to as JV-54 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.

More on P3 in Pennsylvania is available at or “Public-Private Partnerships” at Information on the bridges and their status is at, or by calling the project hotline at 877-444-9990 or email