As the Borough reported last week, PennDOT has required the Borough to close the Freemont Street and Lincoln Avenue @ North bridges. The bridges will be closed indefinitely. A change in the PennDOT bridge inspection process has placed the Millvale bridges in a category of concern much sooner than anticipated. For example, Lincoln Avenue Bridge went from a 17-ton limit / 11-year life expectancy to closure over a two-year inspection period.

PennDOT has notified the Borough that the Lincoln Avenue Bridge will be officially closed tomorrow, January 26, 2023. Additionally, the Fremont Street bridge will receive additional barricades from PennDOT. Sidewalks will remain open on Lincoln and Freemont.

All emergency services have been notified, including Ross West View EMS and County 911. No service delay or interruption is anticipated.

Detours will be posted tomorrow in combination with the closures. At this time, the detour will be: (as we watch the traffic patterns over the next week, we may make changes if needed).

    •             @ Sherman - Road Closed Ahead Local Traffic Only with arrows directing traffic towards Grant at the intersection of Lincoln and Sherman.
    •             @ Grant/Sherman - guide signage to turn right.
    •             @ Grant/North – guide signage to turn right.
    •             @ Lincoln/North - End detour at the intersection. 
    •             @ Fornoff - Road Closed signs directing motorists towards Grant.
    •             Similar signage will be placed approaching the closure from Lincoln on the other side of North Avenue.
    •             Similar signage will also be placed on both sides of North Avenue.
    •             As the destination for motorists attempting to travel east on Lincoln Avenue from North Avenue is unknown, 'special' signage indicating "Lincoln Avenue Closed at North Avenue Follow                    Detour" meaning not all of Lincoln Avenue that is closed. Motorists could return to Lincoln via Sedgwick or beyond, depending on their final destination.

The Borough is working with PennDOT and Commonwealth Officials to acquire funding for the repair and replacement of the bridges.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this challenge.