Rt. 666 bridge project set to begin in August

The plans for a bridge project that will disrupt traffic in southern Sheffield Township are available for review.

PennDOT announced that the plans for the Route 666 South Branch Tionesta Creek bridge superstructure replacement can be seen at the township office, 20 Leather St., through Monday, April 14.

The new two-span, 117-foot long, spread box beam bridge will be located on the site of the existing bridge.

Construction bids will be accepted starting May 15 and the job is expected to be awarded on June 19. The job is expected to begin in August and end in December, and be completed in two phases – August through October and October through December.

Traffic will be able to cross the bridge during construction.

“The first part of the project, the traffic will be down to a single lane,” PennDOT Project Manager Bob Bell said. “They’ll be controlling it with signals.”

“During the second phase, there’ll be enough room that two lanes will be open to traffic,” he said.

Utah Road at the west end of the bridge will be closed at its intersection with Route 666 during the second phase of the project.

The detour when the Utah Road intersection is closed is shown as a distance of two miles. The route includes Utah Road, Henrys Mill Road, Route 948, and Route 666.

“The purpose of the display is to introduce the project and to receive public input regarding any questions or concerns with the project,” PennDOT District 1-0 Press Officer Jim Carroll said. “Also, to receive any public input regarding historic or archaeological sites in the area that could be affected by the project as required by the National Historic Preservation Act.”

Those wishing to comment on the project or the plans, and those needing special assistance, may contact Bell at (814) 678-7161 or robertbell@pa.gov.