Updated:McCANDLESS, Pa. —
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials announced plans to fix the McKnight Road overpass in McCandless after several reports of concrete falling from the bridge onto Ingomar Road.
Channel 11’s Brandon Hudson reported that corrosion under the bridge is noticeable, and McCandless Police confirmed they have fielded several reports of concrete crumbling from the bridge.
PennDOT spokesman Jim Struzzi told Hudson that they’re aware the bridge is in “bad shape” and they’re sending crews to install protective shielding under the bridge on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"The bridge is in bad condition. It's no secret. We do want to address it," Struzzi said.
Single lane traffic will occur in each direction on Ingomar Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as needed both days under McKnight Road. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. No restrictions will occur on McKnight Road, Struzzi said.
“Small chunks of concrete fell on to the shoulder. We already had crews go out there clean that up. Then remove any loose chunks that had potential to fall down," Struzzi said.
Motorists are advised to use caution, slow down and be aware of changing traffic patterns when driving through the area.
According to Struzzi, he doesn’t anticipate the bridge being completely fixed until 2015.