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Portion of Route 718 in Hermitage closed for more than three months

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HERMITAGE, Pa. -

A portion of Route 718 in Hermitage is closed as work gets underway to replace a century old bridge.

The bridge is located over Big Run, about one half mile south of the intersection of Route 846 and about one half mile north of the intersection Orangeville Road (Route 3019).

A detour is posted using Clark Street, Route 518, Walnut Street, Buckeye Drive, and Route 846. The road is expected to reopen by Oct. 2, 2014.

Work will include replacement of the existing 43-foot-long bridge along with paved roadway approaches, concrete bridge approach slabs, concrete curbs and updated drainage, guide rails and pavement markings.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says the project will provide motorists with a modern bridge that is expected to have a 100-year service life.

The contractor is JET Excavating Co. of New Middletown, Ohio. The contract cost is $562,645, which is to be paid entirely with state funds.

The bridge was originally built in 1908 and was reconstructed in 1953.  PennDOT says the bridge has been deemed structurally deficient.

 On average, approximately 3,092 vehicles a day use the bridge.

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