Beaver County road projects announced

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In addition to the rehabilitation of the Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge and construction of the new Veterans Bridge, it will be a busy year for highway improvements in Beaver County.

The state Department of Transportation has announced its schedule of road improvements, which will amounts to an estimated $46.5 million for 29 projects to improve, preserve or rehabilitate key roads and six bridges.

And that does not include $4.4 million to pave or resurface 33 miles of roads and repairs to five landslides.

Here's a preview of the major improvements scheduled for 2012 in Beaver County:

Beaver Valley Expressway (Interstate 376), Brighton, Hopewell and Chippewa -- Bridge Preservation: Minor work remaining on this $10.5 million project started in 2011 to preserve and improve seven bridges on I-376 between Gringo Clinton Road (Route 3011) and Achortown Road (Route 4010) in Brighton, Hopewell and Chippewa townships will conclude this spring. Lane closures will occur.

Bocktown Road (Route 151), Independence -- A project estimated at nearly $2 million will resurface Route 151 between Plunkett and Stone Quarry roads. Lane closures will occur through late fall.

Constitution Boulevard (Route 51), Darlington -- Work on an estimated $5-6 million project to overlay 8.4 miles of pavement between the Ohio border and Channelton Road will begin in early summer. Lane closures will occur through late fall.

Hartzell Road, Marion -- Work will begin this summer on a $2.4 million project to replace the bridge over Connoquenessing Creek. Traffic will be detoured. Overall work will conclude this fall.

New Galilee Road (Route 168), Darlington Township -- A $1.1 million project to replace the bridge over the North Fork of Little Beaver Creek will continue until the end of the year. Traffic is being detoured.

New York Avenue, Rochester Borough -- A $7.6 million project to rehabilitate and widen a bridge that carries New York Avenue over Harrison Street and railroad tracks south of the intersection with Route 51/Pleasant Street is under way. Traffic is reduced to an alternating single lane through September 2014.

Pennsylvania Avenue (Route 51), Monaca -- Work will conclude before summer on a $9.5 million project to replace the bridge that carries Route 51 over railroad tracks about one mile south of the Ohio River. Minor restrictions may occur.

Route 68, Rochester Township -- Work on a $600,000 project to replace the bridge that carries Route 68 over McKinley's Run in Rochester Township will begin this spring. Traffic will be detoured through fall.

• Route 151, Independence -- A $1.2 million project to replace the Bocktown Road bridge that carries Route 151 over Reardon Run will begin in late spring. Lane closures will occur through late this year.

Route 68, Rochester borough and township -- A $2.4 million project to reconstruct and rehabilitate 1.7 miles between Deer Lane Extension and Virginia Avenue will force lane closures. Work will conclude this fall.

Route 989, New Sewickley -- Work has started on a $1.2 million project to replace the bridge that carries Dunlap Hill Road over Crows Run. Traffic is being detoured through the fall.

Wildwood Road, Patterson -- A $1.3 million project will begin in early summer to replace the bridge over Brady's Run. The work will continue through the fall. Traffic will be detoured during construction.

Motorists who wish to receive press releases and traffic advisories for Beaver County projects can send their email address to or visit

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First Published April 12, 2012 5:45 AM


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