PennDOT Announces Plans for the Route 59 Bridge Improvement Project

Oct. 31, 2023
Work is expected to begin during the 2024 construction season

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has announced plans to rehabilitate the James Morrison Memorial Bridge which carries Route 59 over Kinzua Creek.

Located on Route 59 in the Alleghany National Forest, this bridge rehabilitation project will involve structural steel repairs to the truss members, concrete repairs to the bridge piers and abutments, bearing replacements and replacement of a navigational lighting system.

Work is expected to begin during the 2024 construction season.

One lane of the bridge is expected to be closed for the duration of construction, and traffic will be controlled by temporary signals at each end of the bridge.

An Aids to Navigation Plan has been coordinated with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and temporary signs for boating traffic along the channel will be posted during construction.

The bridge will be closed for approximately 48 hours during a portion of the work that will occur after Labor Day. A 62-mile detour will be posted using Route 321 and Route 6.

The existing bridge was originally built in 1962, and it is currently in fair condition. Approximately 1,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily.

The rehabilitation project is funded by the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).