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Work to Preserve the Route 59 bridge in Mead Township, Warren County Complete

​Rehabilitation work on the James Morrison Memorial Bridge that carries Route 59 over the Kinzua Reservoir in Mead Township, Warren County is expected to be completed today. 

Work on the bridge, which is located near the border of Warren and McKean counties started May 19, 2020.  The project included the reconstruction of the two-lane concrete structure with new barriers and bridge deck, repairs to the expansion dams, new roadway approaches, and guiderail updates.

The temporary signal used to control traffic at the bridge was removed and both lanes of the bridge were reopened Wednesday, October 21, 2020. 

The bridge was built in 1963. Approximately 1,650 vehicles a day use the bridge, on average.

The contractor is Thornbury Inc. Of West Sunbury, PA. The contract cost is $1,508,775.75, which is to be paid with 80 percent federal funds and 20 percent state funds.

This project was made possible by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation funding plan.

Information on the project is available online at by clicking on the Construction Projects/Roadway link under the Resources heading, picking the Warren County box then choosing the Route 59 Bridge Rehabilitation tile.  

PennDOT urges motorists to slow down when driving in work zones, and also to be alert to changing conditions, avoid distractions and to pay attention to signs and flaggers. Drive responsibly in work zones for your safety and the safety of the workers.

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit 

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 950 traffic cameras. 

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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