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Work on Big Shanty Road Starts Next Week


The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that work to replace a box culvert on Big Shanty Road (Route 4001) in Lafayette Township is scheduled to start Monday, July 23.  A section of the road will be closed and an official detour will be in effect during the replacement.

The box culvert spans Bear Run on Route 4001, about 4 ½ miles northeast of the Route 59 intersection. Traffic will be detoured onto Route 219 and Route 59.  Residents living along Route 4001 will be able to access their homes during the replacement work.

This job is a cooperative effort between PennDOT McKean County Maintenance and L.C. Whitford, Co. of Wellsville, New York. McKean County Maintenance will excavate the area, remove the existing box culvert, and place back fill for the new box culvert.  The contractor will place the new box culvert, pave the approaches and deck, and install guide rail. All work is weather dependent.

The project is expected to be complete on or before August 3. Should work progress allow, PennDOT will re-open the bridge and roadway earlier. The 8-foot bridge dates from 1922 and carries an average of 1,750 vehicles each day.

Drivers are reminded to follow detour signs, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.

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