The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local News

April 17, 2013

Route 56 closing planned: Seward bridge work will require detour

JOHNSTOWN — Motorists who use heavily traveled Route 56 between Johnstown and Route 22 will have to use Route 403 instead starting Monday.

That’s because a $6.24 million project to replace the bridge that carries Route 56 over the Norfolk Southern Corp. railroad track and 10th Street at the border of Seward and St. Clair Township is scheduled to begin.

The structurally deficient bridge was built in 1930 and carries about 5,239 vehicles per day, said Deborah L. Casadei, a spokeswoman for PennDOT District 10.

The bridge will be replaced on the existing alignment, but the height will be increased by about three feet, she said. The length of the span also will be reduced.

Tenth Street will be relocated to tie directly into Route 56, she said.

The project’s work zone will stretch from Sixth Street to Washington Street, she said.

Beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, the roadway will be closed from Route 711 to Sixth Street.

The intersection with Route 711 will remain open to traffic, but may be reduced to one lane and controlled by a temporary traffic signal for portions of the project, she said.

The posted detour will be Route 56 to Route 22 East to Route 403 South to Route 56, and Route 56 to Route 403 North to Route 22 West to Route 56.

Local residents will be able to find alternate ways to get around town, she said.

Fran Hajjar, a Seward Borough Council member, said residents will not like the inconvenience, but hopefully the project will make it better for them in the long run.

John Muchesko, president of M&C Trucking Co. of Seward said PennDOT has to do something because the existing bridge is deficient.

“It’s going to be a terrible inconvenience for us while construction is going on. However, once it’s done, there will be some safety improvements and it will be worthwhile,” he said.

Muchesko hopes that the contractor has good weather so that workers can keep to their schedule. The project is a sizable one that PennDOT is expecting to have completed in October, he said.

Jon A. Meese, owner of Jon A. Meese Funeral Home of Seward, said that he will remain open during construction to serve families who have lost a loved one.

The contractor for the project is New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co. Inc., of New Enterprise.

Casadei is reminding motorists to be alert to changing conditions and to pay attention to flaggers in the work zone.

She also is reminding motorists to drive responsibly for their safety and the safety of the workers.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat print edition.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat e-edition.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • District Deaths April 21, 2014

    April 20, 2014

  • Halfway house inmates can ease back into society

    Prison life can be a time warp.
    When inmates are locked away – for months, years, decades – society moves forward: Technology evolves, major events occur, pop culture changes. From a personal perspective, families and friends live their lives: weddings, funerals, graduations, births, retirements. All the while, criminals bide their time, existing in a regimented world of cement walls and metal bars.
    Almost all of them eventually rejoin society, though.

    April 19, 2014

  • Crime board took aim at house

    Johnstown’s unemployment rate is around 8 percent.
    One-third of the city’s population lives in poverty.
    Burglaries and assaults significantly increased between 2010 and 2012. There is a thriving illegal trade in heroin and prescription drugs.
    Given those conditions, it can be challenging for Johnstown Community Corrections Center residents to find jobs when living in the facility or to avoid falling back into a criminal lifestyle upon their release.

    April 19, 2014

  • Homicides linked to center

    Three homicides that took place in Johnstown last year involved either a suspect or victim who previously resided in the Community Corrections Center.
    Police Chief Craig Foust confirmed the name of one victim, who spent almost two months in the facility on Washington Street during 2007, a time period verified by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

    April 19, 2014

  • bachota Volunteers helping to spruce up community

    Walls and ceilings inside the Cambria County Library look clean and bright with fresh new coats of paint on them.
    The work was recently done by inmates from the Johnstown Community Corrections Center.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • alanna Hartzok targets income disparity

    Alanna Hartzok described herself as being a conservative progressive.
    The Franklin County resident said she is in favor of conserving environmental resources, education opportunities, Social Security and Medicare, while wanting to progressively address wealth inequality, health care and taxation.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Schools rise to leadership challenge

    Forest Hills and Cambria Heights high school students put the spirit of healthy competition toward a good cause and picked up some lessons in leadership along the way.

    April 19, 2014

  • KATEY LADIKA Student’s photos win awards

    A Forest Hills High School junior has captured several awards in a high school arts and writing contest that has identified greats such as Truman Capote and Andy Warhol.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jim Siehl JIM SIEHL | Music to my ears

    Seldom has $15 produced such a high level of entertainment as it did a few weeks ago when I found myself in the second row just left of center keeping back the tears once again during my third live performance of “Les Miserables.”

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Michele Bender Bye, bye, Easter birdies

    Animals fascinated my mom. Riding the train between Johnstown and Philly, she saw horses, pigs, sheep, cows … a Mattel See ’n Say of farm critters.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

Would you like to see the Johnstown Community Corrections Center remain open after its lease runs out on Oct. 11, 2015?

Yes
No
I'm not sure
     View Results
House Ads