Titusville bridge will come down

From staff reports

Work is expected to start next week on a project to remove the South Perry Street bridge over Oil Creek in Titusville.

The streel truss bridge was built in 1900 and closed in 2017 after an inspection uncovered damage to the structure, which is owned by Crawford County.

It was determined the bridge was redundant due to its proximity to the Route 8 bridge. The county elected to have the bridge removed and not replaced.

Preparation work for the demolition of the bridge will start Monday, weather permitting.

The removal process will include removing the bridge deck, moving the truss to a landing area near the intersection of South Perry Street and St. John Street, and dismantling and recycling the steel parts of the bridge.

South Perry Street and St. John Street will be closed to traffic, and work will require a truck detour starting Sept. 6. It will be posted using Route 8, Route 227 and Route 27 and is expected to be in place until Sept. 12.

The contractor for the project is Francis J. Palo of Clarion. The contract cost is $237,008, which is to be paid with federal funds.


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