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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announces that work will begin Monday, April 6, to remove a bridge and re-align Route 3001 (East Fork Road) in the village of Wharton in Potter County. Crews will work to construct a new section of Route 3001 in order to connect it directly to Route 872.

Eliminating the bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Potter County’s structurally deficient list. The 64-foot bridge spans the East Fork of Sinnemahoning Creek and was originally built in 1932. An average of 200 vehicles moves through this area each day.

Starting next week, work will include preliminary activities including erosion and sedimentation control, clearing and grubbing, and drainage. Traffic disruptions during this work will be minimal and may include intermittent roadway flagging during daylight hours.

Once preliminary work is complete, slope work will take place followed by work to build the new section of Route 3001. The bridge will not be removed until Route 3001 is complete and traffic can travel on it. Temporary traffic signals will be used for the bridge removal portion of the project. PennDOT will issue project updates as work progress requires‚ including an update prior to the implementation of the temporary signals.

Overall work includes bridge removal and roadway extension/re-alignment, paving, guide rail updates, and miscellaneous items.

Francis J. Palo, Inc. of Clarion, PA is the contractor for this $3.3 million job. PennDOT expects work to be finished by early November. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

PennDOT reminds drivers to proceed through work zones with caution, obey posted speed limits and always buckle up.