Beaver River Bridge Replacement

Beaver, PA
Location: Beaver County
Owner: Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
Construction Company: Fay
Project Status: Construction started January 2023, Estimated completion date of September 2027
Fay is building the largest project we’ve been awarded since our conception: the Beaver River Bridge. The current steel deck truss was built in 1953 and is one of the oldest original structures on the PA Turnpike that has yet to be replaced. The project consists of three Bridge structure replacements, one culvert structure expansion, I-76 widening, city street reconstruction, and reconfiguration of the I-76 & SR18 interchange.
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Westbound looking east showing earthwork progress in February 2024.
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Closeup of pier 1 looking southwest.
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Abutment 1 piling looking southwest.
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Construction progress fall 2023.
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Construction progress in fall of 2023.
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Construction progress in fall of 2023.
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Excavation under the Beaver River Bridge.
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The new eastbound and westbound bridges will be 1,645 feet in length and will feature 385-ft spans.
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An overview of the Turnpike leading into Beaver River Bridge.

Construction

The critical path of the project lays on the replacement of the existing Big Beaver River Bridge, which has an approximately 1,600 feet long 5-span deck truss with a deck I-beam approach span on each end. The proposed Big Beaver River Bridge consists of dual 1,645 foot long 5-span cast-in-place segmental bridges. The new westbound Bridge construction will begin first and when open to traffic, the old bridge will serve the eastbound traffic as the eastbound bridge is constructed. Once both the new westbound and eastbound bridges are completed, the project will conclude with the demolition of all old bridge structures and final roadway activities. After both the new bridges are open to traffic, the interchange will be completed, tying with the new I-76 eastbound roads. The project also entails 1,200,000 cubic yards of earthwork, reconfiguring and widening roads, installing over 22,000 linear feet of drainage, new ITS, and lighting. Once the interchange is completed, all roads will be open to traffic by November 2026.