Local bridges impacted by weight restrictions

Thirty-nine state-owned bridges in PennDOT District 4’s six-county region will be posted with new or lowered weight restrictions to slow the rate of deterioration of those bridges and ensure safety.

Those structures are among about 1,000 structurally deficient bridges statewide that PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch authorized for new or added weight restrictions on Thursday.

The restrictions will also apply on 48 county and locally owned bridges in the District 4 area of Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties.

PennDOT is taking this step because legislative inaction on transportation funding left uncertain the department’s ability to repair or replace these bridges. The lower weight limits will help extend the service life of these deteriorating bridges.

The following is a list of state-owned bridges in the six-county region that will be posted in coming weeks, along with the new weight restrictions. The list includes combination loads, primarily tractor trailers, which have higher weight limits because of the difference in how their weight is distributed:

Susquehanna County

Route 267 Middle Branch Wyalusing in Forest Lake Township, 32 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.

Route 267 Stone Street Creek in Forest Lake Township, 24 tons, or 34 tons for combination loads.

Route 367 Branch Tuscarora Creek in Auburn Township, 29 tons, or 40 tons for Route 706 Pettis Creek in Bridgewater Township. 31 tons or 40 tons for combination loads.

Route 848 over Branch Butler Creek in Gibson Township, 27 tons or 36 tons for combination loads.

Route 1010 (Harmony Road) over Lewis Creek in Oakland Township, 32 tons or 40 combination loads.

Route 1011(Stevens Point Road) over Hemlock Creek in Harmony Township, 34 tons or 40 tons combination loads.

Route 1018(Franklin Road) over Snake Creek in Franklin Township, 35 tons or 40 tons for combination loads.

Route 1033 (Susquehanna Ave) over tributary Susquehanna River in Great Bend Township, 28 tons or 40 tons for combination loads.

Route 2008 (Airport Road) over Dundaff Creek in Clifford Township, 33 tons or 39 tons for combination loads.
Route 2012 (Tinker Brook) in Clifford Township, 25 tons or 34 tons for combination loads.

Route 3029 (Ridge Road) over Forest Lake Creek in Forest Lake Creek, 8 tons or 12 tons for combination loads.

Route 3037 over East Bridge Wyalusing Creek in Rush Township 10 tons or 10 tons for combination loads.

Route 4002 (Murphy Corners Road) over Rhiney Creek in Silver Lake Township, 36 tons or 39 tons for combination loads.

PennDOT will begin posting new weight limits on these bridges as soon as Aug. 29. Notifications to school-bus operators, emergency-service providers and other local officials will begin today. Posting on local bridges will take place at a later date after PennDOT discusses these changes with local bridge owners.

To view the bridges with new or lowered weight restrictions or to learn more about bridge weight restrictions and PennDOT’s bridge-inspection program, visit the PennDOT homepage at www.dot.state.pa.us and click on “Bridge Information.”