Woolen Mills Bridge in Cooperstown Being Replaced

| May 15, 2013

OIL CITY, Pa. – On behalf of Governor Tom Corbett, PennDOT has announced the beginning of a project that will replace the deteriorated Woolen Mills Bridge on Factory Street in Cooperstown Borough, Venango County with a new modern structure.

The existing 73-foot-long steel truss bridge over Lake Creek was built in 1899. It is structurally deficient and functionally obsolete and is posted with a 6-ton weight limit.

The new structure will be a single span prestressed concrete bridge that will be wider with a larger underclearance and will incorporate a pedestrian sidewalk.

The bridge is owned by Venango County. On average, approximately 550 vehicles a day use the bridge.

The contractor is Shingledecker’s Welding of Franklin. The contract cost is $731,185.52, which will be paid with 80 percent state funds and 20 percent local funds.

Work on the bridge is scheduled to get under way this week. Work is expected to be completed and the new structure opened to traffic in September.

During this work, Factory Street in Cooperstown Borough will be closed and traffic will be detoured along Main Street to Mill Street and then to Maple Lane Drive.

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