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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

New Weight Limit on Columbia Hill Bridge

Effective at noon Friday PennDOT will post weight limits on a Columbia Hill Road bridge in McKean County.

The bridge spans the North Branch of Cole Creek in Keating Township, near the village of Wrights Corners, according to a news release sent to WESB. As of noon Friday, the bridge will be posted for 33 tons for single vehicles and 40 tons for combination vehicles. The Wrights Corners Bridge was built in 1941, is 33 feet long, and carries an average of more than 300 vehicles daily.

In August of 2013, PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch authorized the transportation department to add or increase weight restrictions to about 1,000 structurally deficient bridges statewide. Reducing the weight traveling on these bridges will slow their deterioration and preserve safety until repairs or replacement can occur.

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