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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Meeting on Bridge Replacement Projects in McKean County Postponed

A public meeting that was scheduled for Port Allegany Council Chambers to discuss bridge reconstruction on SR 155 has been postponed one week and moved to the Fire Department Banquet Hall.
Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), the company that will be replacing 17 McKean County bridges over the next two years, planned the meeting to provide information and get public input on three bridges planned for 2017. However, public interest in plans for a bridge scheduled on the same roadway in the summer of 2016 led organizers to postpone the meeting one week and move the meeting location to a larger facility.
The meeting will now be held at the Port Allegany Fire Department, 65 W. Maple Street, Port Allegany, PA on Thursday, March 24 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. All four of the bridges planned for discussion are along SR 155 from the Potter County line to north of Turtlepoint. 
The bridge replacements are part of the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, a Public-Private Partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP) under which PWKP will finance, design, replace and maintain the bridges for 25 years. As part of PWKP, Walsh/Granite JV will oversee construction. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impact on motorists.