More details are emerging on the proposed updates to the General Butler Bridge in the City of Butler.
The project is still a couple of years away, slated for the summer of 2026. However, PennDOT says the repairs and updates will include both repairs and maintenance to the bridge.
According to PennDOT officials the list of work includes:
- Performing spot painting of weathering steel; repairing concrete spalls and delamination in the deck, barriers, and substructure units
- Epoxy overlaying the deck
- Replacing the median barrier joint seal
- Replacing failed pot bearing bedding material
- Replacing the approach slab compression seals
- Coating the substructure units with anti-graffiti epoxy resin protective coating
- Reconstructing failing barriers at sliding plate locations
- Reconstructing the right approach sidewalk at Abutment 1 and Abutment 2
- Resetting displaced T-wall sections beneath Span 1
- Cleaning horizontal steel surfaces and bearings seats
- Flushing the deck and drainage areas
- Repairing light pole defects
- Extending the tooth dam troughs
- Repairing damaged vehicular and pedestrian railing components
- Resetting post mounted signage
- Replacing loose bolts
- Repairing defective inspection handrail
The bridge is expected to remain open during the project, with one lane kept open in each direction using a temporary signal at the intersection. A detour of West Campbell Street will also be needed during construction.
These repairs are the first major renovations to the bridge since it was first built in 2006.