— Just when the snow is finally forecast to ease up, construction season will begin Monday, with several projects affecting motorists in Cambria and Somerset counties.
Westbound traffic will be reduced to one lane on Route 22 near the Route 53 interchange at Cresson on Monday, when replacement work will begin on the bridge over Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks. Eastbound traffic has been reduced to one lane since early March due to emergency repairs.
CH&D Enterprises from New Stanton, Westmoreland County, is leading the $306,896 job to replace the expansion dams and the strip seals on the bridge.
Repairs are expected to be finished by mid-July.
Several bridge projects will begin next week. They include the Casselman River Bridge carrying Route 2037 (Berlin Street) in Garrett; two bridges on Route 3001 (Fort Hill Road), in Upper Turkeyfoot and Addison townships; the Route 601 Pine Run Bridge in Jenner Township; and a small bridge on Route 219 in Elk Lick Township.
The Garrett work by Beech Construction Inc. of Carnegie, Allegheny County, will begin Monday. The work will reduce traffic to a single lane, controlled by temporary traffic lights.
All work on this $1.9 million project is expected to be completed by July 2014, but the temporary signals will be removed late this year.
Beech is also the prime contractor on the $2.3 million Fort Hill Road bridges project to begin Monday. One small bridge will be replaced with a concrete box culvert, and a new two-span bridge will be constructed across the Casselman River.
Traffic will be detoured over Route 281, Route 3047 (Hogback Road) and Route 523.
The detours will be lifted late this year, with work is expected to wrap up in spring 2014.
On Route 219, Pugliano Construction Co. of Pittsburgh on Tuesday will begin replacing a small bridge with a box culvert, reducing traffic to a single lane with temporary signals. All work on this $515,954 project is expected to be completed by mid-August.
To the north, resurfacing work will begin Monday on Route 160 in Paint Township and Windber from Hillsboro Road to the Cambria County line.
Quaker Sales Corp. of Johnstown is the prime contractor on the $2.4 million project, which includes five miles of roadway, 1,100 feet of concrete reconstruction, drainage, guide rail, signal and pedestrian ramp upgrades.
Beginning in June, 21st Street in Windber will be limited to one-way outbound traffic from Graham Avenue to Route 56.
Inbound traffic will be detoured over Route 56 to the 12th Street exit to Jefferson and Graham avenues. There will be temporary traffic signals at the 12th Street exit and at the Graham-Jefferson intersection.
Work is to be completed late this year.