PennDOT warning of delays for several months as construction starts on McKees Rocks Bridge

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is warning drivers of possible around-the-clock delays for the next several months as construction work gets underway on the McKees Rocks Bridge.

Driver Ken Fleck has this message for others.

“Take a deep breath and relax, because the guys are out there doing what they’re doing so you can get across it safely,” said Fleck.

The $22.4 million work on the McKees Rocks Bridge includes sidewalk enhancement and replacement, concrete pavement reconstruction, barrier repair, fencing installation and more.

During construction, only one travel lane will be open in each direction across the Ohio River between McKees Rocks and Brighton Heights.

“Any of the structures, they’re at that time, that lifespan, they need to be refurbished or they’re not going to be usable anymore, and they’re the mainstay of getting from point A to point B,” said Fleck.

Fleck has a background working in construction and says projects like this are essential to fixing our country’s aging infrastructure.

“A lot of the reconstruction that’s been going on has been direly needed — the bridge structures and culvert structures,” said Fleck.

Construction is scheduled for completion in early July of 2023.

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