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Borton-Lawson Vice President Mark Boris presented a poster display board to PennDOT District 2-0 officials to commemorate the SR 0555 bridge replacement over Trout Run, in Benezette Township, Elk County PA. Mr. Boris presented the board to Assistant District Engineer-Design Tom Zurat and District Engineer Karen Michael.
Borton-Lawson was the prime consultant responsible for Preliminary Engineering, Final Design, and Construction Consultation services on this design-build contract.
The primary challenge included construction scheduling to ensure minimal impacts to the annual Elk Expo Event and the Elk Viewing Season. Construction was scheduled in a manner that the SR 0555 bridge was open to two way traffic the week prior to the Elk Expo Event. Additionally, the project schedule was developed to ensure completion prior to the start of Elk Viewing Season (October 2015) when tourist travel to Elk County to view Elk throughout the project area.
Because of the location of this bridge, in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds, and the high exposure to tourists from all over the country, a silhouette showing mountains, trees, and elk was stenciled by a local artist with all expenses paid by L.C. Whitford (project contractor). Once the images were adhered to the bridge, a salt and weather resistant stain/sealer was applied in three layers and three different shades. Incorporation of the mural helped the new bridge fit naturally and seamlessly into its surroundings.