The project involves the replacement of the structure on S.R. 2027 (Maple Drive) spanning I-70 at the Speers Interchange (Exit 39). The bridge work will be performed in phases, allowing for one way southbound traffic only on the bridge. During construction, the southbound direction of Route 2027 will remain open (from Charleroi towards California) and northbound traffic toward Charleroi will be detoured using I-70 and adjacent PA 88 interchange. The bridge is closed to northbound traffic on Route 2027 (Maple Drive). The posted detour is as follows:
Construction is currently underway and is anticipated to be completed by late October 2022.
The existing S.R. 2027 bridge has a vertical clearance of 14.3 feet spanning Interstate 70 resulting in the bottom beams being periodically impacted by taller vehicles traveling on I-70. To address this situation, the proposed bridge will be raised to give adequate clearance of 16.5 feet over the interstate. Providing this increased vertical clearance will impact the S.R. 2027 approach roadways to the bridge as well as Guttman Avenue. Minor improvements to the eastbound I-70 on and off ramps at their tie ins with S.R. 2027 will also be required. Also, the new bridge will be wider to provide a southbound left turn lane for traffic making the left onto the eastbound I-70 on ramp. The project will only involve replacement of this structure, with no work proposed to either I-70 or the interchange. A virtual public plans display was posted on the PennDOT District 12-0 home webpage from February 7, 2022 to February 21, 2022. However, the displays from that virtual public meeting can be viewed here.