Genesee, PA – August 9 will bring the start of bridge repair work on Route 244 in Genesee Township, Potter County, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). A lengthy detour will begin that day as deck replacement work gets underway on a bridge spanning Cryder Creek, just southwest of the New York state line. The 105-foot bridge dates from 1949 and carries average daily traffic of almost 880 vehicles.Starting August 9, the section of Route 244 near the bridge will be closed and an official detour of more than 20 miles will be in effect until mid-October. The detour will make use of PA Route 449 into New York State, where PA Route 449 becomes New York Route 19. Drivers will follow New York Route 19 to the intersection with New York Route 248 in Stannards and then follow New York Route 248 to the intersection with New York Route 248A before returning to Pennsylvania and PA Route 244. Drivers familiar with the area may also choose to use alternate routes.
Work will include replacing the existing deck with a new deck of lightweight concrete. Repairing the deck will keep the bridge in useful service for years to come and will allow PennDOT to remove it from Potter County’s structurally deficient list.
Along with the deck replacement, work includes steel and concrete structure repairs, paving, base drains, guide rail installations, pavement markings, and miscellaneous items.
All work is weather dependent, with the tentative end date set for October 27. Once the detour is lifted in mid-October, remaining work will take place under daylight flagging and an alternating traffic pattern. L.C. Whitford Company, Inc. of Wellsville, New York is the contractor on this $932,000 job.