BEAVER COUNTY, Pa. (WKBN) – Interstate 76 in Western Pennsylvania is open again.
Crews spent the weekend replacing a bridge along the busy stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Using a process called Accelerated Bridge Construction, after just 52 hours, the new bridge over Brush Creek in Beaver County is in place. Officials say it’s the first time the process was used on the PA Turnpike.
“The crews built a bridge beside the existing bridge,” said Rene Vid, public information manager for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. “And then this weekend when they closed the turnpike, they demolished the old bridge and slid the new bridge right in place.
While the work was happening, drivers headed east had to get off I-76 in New Castle, on I-376. Drivers headed west had to get off in Cranberry, creating an 80-mile detour.
“There was very little traffic coming in from Ohio — so that helped,” Vid said. “And the people going westbound to Ohio, it was also the same case. We saw very little traffic, so apparently, people got that message that we were closed there and they found different routes.”
Now that the work is done, people can once again travel on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in both directions.
“Everything went very well and we were very pleased at home that everything lined up and worked out,” Vid said.