Thursday August 8, 2019

Hebron Township Bee Balm                                                                            Gerri Miller

Wednesday’s high, 87; Overnight low, 61; .55” of rain






                                                                        SAT NIGHT, LOW 58

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Work to replace bridge on Route 66 in McKean County will continue next week…Ceres Bridge now open….Bullet shot through Elk County camp…..Troopers dismiss case of theft from a vehicle after conflicting stories….

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PennDot  announces  that work to replace a bridge on Route 66 (James City Hill Road) in Wetmore Township will continue the week of August 12. Replacing the bridge will improve its condition from “poor” to “good”. The bridge spans Wind Run about two miles south of Kane and carries an average of almost 1,700 vehicles daily. The existing bridge is being replaced with a prestressed concrete box culvert.The detour that has been in place since July 29 remains in effect.  Through Wednesday, August 14, motorists will be directed to an official 40-mile detour using Route 948 (Montmorenci Road), Route 219 (Buffalo Pittsburgh Highway), and Route 321. Motorist familiar with the area may choose alternate routes, but they are advised a Route 321 bridge spanning Five Mile Run about three miles north of Kane is also closed.The original opening date of August 9 was pushed to August 14 to accommodate paving and guide rail installation. All work is weather dependent.

This $365,000 project is a joint effort between PennDOT McKean County Maintenance and The L.C. Whitford Company, Inc. of Wellsville, NY. PennDOT is responsible for excavation of the old bridge and backfill of the new box. The contractor will install the box culvert and perform paving.

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PennDot also reports that a new bridge in Ceres Township, McKean County. Has opened. The bridge spans Bell Run on Bell Run Road (Route 1009) near Winger Lane. Replacing the old bridge removes it from McKean County’s list of bridges in poor condition. An average of 260 vehicles moves through this area each day.  With the new bridge open to traffic, the 14-mile detour that has been in place during the closure has been lifted.

Work is not yet complete, with paving of the bridge deck and installation of new guide rail still needed. Remaining work will be done under daylight flagging in the coming weeks and drivers should anticipate short delays. All work was performed by PennDOT McKean County Maintenance.

State police at Ridgway are investigating a case of reckless endangerment in Benezette Township at around 5:00 pm last Saturday. Someone shot a bullet through a camp on Blacksnake Road owned by a 60 year old Kittanning man. No one was hurt.

Mansfield troopers have dismissed a case of theft from a motor vehicle. Christina Crane of Osceola told police that a suspect she had taken to the hospital emergency room stole a $100 bill from her 2008 Dodge while they were returning home. Authorities said due to Crane’s story changing several times, the case was exceptionally cleared/closed.