PennDOT District 11 is announcing the bridge preservation project on the Rochester-Monaca Bridge, which carries Route 18 over the Ohio River, in Rochester and Monaca boroughs, Beaver County will begin on Monday, April 1 weather permitting.

Work on the bridge and surrounding state roads will begin on Monday, April 1 in preparation for the anticipated 67-day closure and detour of the bridge will occur according to the following schedule:

Rochester-Monaca Bridge (Route 18)

  • Single-lane alternating traffic will occur on the bridge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through mid-June for paint containment installation, barrier repairs, and other miscellaneous construction work.

Route 51

  • Single-lane restrictions will occur on westbound Route 51 in Rochester Borough from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays as needed through late September. Restrictions will occur between the South Route 18/East Route 68 Rochester off-ramp and the North Route 51/West Route 68 Beaver/Chippewa off-ramp for platform installation, downspout work and other miscellaneous construction activities.

Additionally, median island removal work is expected to begin in early April requiring single-lane alternating traffic at the intersection of Seventeenth Street (Route 51) and Pennsylvania Avenue (Route 4044). Details including work hours will be provided in advance of the work.

Additional information will be provided in advance of the 67-day closure and detour of the bridge. All restrictions above will be in place, as needed, until the bridge closure and detour begins.

This $6.69 million project includes bridge preservation work on the Rochester-Monaca Bridge between Atlantic Avenue in Monaca Borough and Pleasant Street in Rochester Borough. Preservation work includes expansion joint replacement, zone painting, concrete deck overlay, downspout repair and replacement, steel and concrete repairs, as well as sidewalk, deck, barrier, and fence repairs, pavement marking upgrades, and other miscellaneous construction activities. Motorists will see a full 67-day closure and detour of the bridge via the Monaca-East Rochester Bridge between June and August 2024. Bicycle and pedestrian access will be maintained during construction. This project is expected to be completed in late 2024. 

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