Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is moving forward with emergency plans for the Route 6 bridge over Baskins Run in Wayne Township, Erie County, after it was severely damaged by a storm May 21, it announced Friday.

The bridge has been closed since then. Inspections revealed significant damage to one of the bridge’s wing walls, which serve as is foundation, requiring the bridge to be replaced.

PennDOT representatives met on site with potential contractors Thursday to discuss plans to build a temporary stream crossing to the south of the bridge.

Bids for the project will be accepted through June 15, and the contract awarded that day.

The temporary stream crossing will be built near the current bridge and be able to handle all the motor vehicle traffic that typically uses that portion of Route 6. It is expected to open by the end of July and will be left in place until a new bridge is built.

PennDOT is also working on plans for the permanent bridge as well as updates to the detour route. The contract is expected to be awarded by the end of the year with work starting in 2023 when the weather allows

The detour using Route 77, 8, 6 and 89 is posted. Additional signs to mark the detour have been ordered and will be installed as soon as they arrive.

Once the temporary stream crossing is open, the detour will be lifted.