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PennDOT to replace Juniata County bridge

Preliminary work on Route 35 to begin Monday

COCOLAMUS — On Monday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will begin preliminary work on a state Route 35 bridge replacement in Juniata County. The bridge spans a tributary of Cocolamus Creek approximately two miles north of Cocolamus in Fayette Township. Replacing the bridge will allow PennDOT to remove the structure from the list of Juniata County bridges in poor condition.

Starting Monday, crews will begin work on a temporary roadway that will carry traffic around the work zone while the bridge is being replaced. PennDOT says drivers should stay alert for flaggers and construction vehicles entering and exiting the roadway. PennDOT expects to divert traffic onto the temporary roadway in mid-August and will issue an update prior to the change in traffic pattern.

Overall work will include removal of the existing reinforced concrete slab bridge, installation of the replacement precast reinforced concrete box culvert, approach paving, drainage upgrades, guide rail installation, pavement marking and miscellaneous items. Jay Fulkroad and Sons, Inc. of McAlisterville is the contractor on this $742,000 job. PennDOT anticipates reopening the bridge to traffic in mid-November. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

The existing structure is 15 feet long, was built in 1924 and is traveled by more than 3,500 vehicles daily.

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