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The Danville News

May 30, 2013

PennDOT responds to requests: Bridge work to start at 8:30

DANVILLE — The public has spoken and PennDOT has responded.

After numerous complaints were received about work on the Danville-Riverside Bridge starting at 7 a.m. and backing traffic up for miles, PennDOT public information officer Rick Mason spoke with construction officials in his office. He reported that beginning today, the work won’t begin until 8:30 a.m.

Riverside Borough Secretary Deb Bausch said Thursday her phone has been ringing non-stop with complaints. She said Riverside Police Chief Ike Ramer spoke to the contractor Thursday who also told him the work won’t begin until 8:30 a.m.

Preservation work on the Danville-Riverside Bridge in Montour and Northumberland counties began Wednesday.

Work on the 1,440 foot-long bridge over the north branch of the Susquehanna River includes pressure-cleaning the sidewalk and parapets, epoxy painting of the parapets and an epoxy overlay of the bridge deck.

Prime contractor HRI Inc. is using lane shifts for the cleaning and painting taking place this week and next week, according to PennDOT.

The contractor is scheduled to place the epoxy deck overlay starting July 15. Traffic will be restricted to one lane during daylight hours during the epoxy deck overlay. Drivers should plan for travel delays during this work phase.

The preservation work is scheduled to wrap up by July 19.

This is part of a $1.3 million five-bridge contract begun in April and to be completed Aug. 9.

Email comments to klblackledge@thedanvillenes.com.

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