Historic Miller Farm Road Bridge to be Rehabilitated

| July 11, 2019

VENANGO CO., Pa. – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has announced updates to the plans to rehabilitate the bridge that carries Miller Farm Road (Township Road 635) over Oil Creek in Cherrytree and Oil Creek townships, Venango County.

Venango County owns and maintains the bridge, which is located in Oil Creek State Park.

The project will include the dismantling of the existing historic truss bridge; transporting the parts to a site for cleaning, galvanizing, and painting; and returning the rehabilitated pieces to the project site for assembly. Additional work will include adjustments to the roadway approaches, drainage improvements, upgrades to the guide rail, and expansion of a parking area for the nearby recreational trail system.

Work will require the closure of the bridge. The proposed detour will use White City Road, Drake Well Road, Bloss Street, Route 8, and Black Road.

Safe access to the waterway will be maintained throughout the project.

The contract is anticipated to be awarded in 2020 with the bridge closure and rehabilitation work expected to take place during the 2021 construction season.

Estimated construction costs for the project are $1.5 million, which will be paid through a combination of federal (80 percent), state (15 percent), and county (5 percent) funds.

The 154-foot bridge, built in 1888, is a single span steel truss with steel stringers and a laminated timber wood deck. It is classified as poor condition and is posted with the seven-ton weight limit. Approximately 100 vehicles a day use the bridge, on average.

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