NEW CASTLE —
Crews are placing steel beams on the Mill Street Bridge this week as construction of the new span continues.
The work is being done between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. throughout this week, weather permitting, according to information from Frank B. Taylor Engineers, designer of the bridge, which is overseeing the project.
Trucks are transporting the beams and cranes are staged in locations next to the bridge.
Traffic will be maintained through the work area. However, there could be delays on Mill Street, Croton Avenue and East Washington Street.
The contractor, Clearwater Construction of Mercer, has been working on replacement of the bridge over the Neshannock Creek since January.
The new bridge will have walls designed to blend in with Riverwalk Park, which overlooks it.
Employees at buildings on South Mercer Street have reported interesting river life emerging throughout the project, including large water snakes that occasionally sun themselves on nearby rocks.
The original bridge was built there in 1929.
The new bridge is expected to be completed and open by the end of this year.
The $3 million project is being funded 100 percent by state and federal dollars.