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Washington Township extends deadline for bridge

Board agrees to add six more months to project to try to get more funding

Board agrees to add six more months to project to try to get more funding

April 03, 2008|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, PA. -- Washington Township will relax its schedule to build the Washington Township Boulevard bridge over Antietam Creek to hopefully secure additional funding and more favorable bids.

In a workshop session Tuesday, the board agreed to give the project six more months on its completion deadline, extending it from December 2008 to spring 2009.

Project Manager Douglas Stumpp of Harrisburg, Pa., Traffic Planning and Design Inc. said extending the deadline for completing the project will provide a cushion in case weather or governments delay the project.

Township Manager Mike Christopher said the project has an outstanding permit with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and a grant application with the Pennsylvania Governor's Action Team.

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"There may be a timeline problem for when we get money from the state," he said, adding that once DEP awards the permit, he will "be extremely aggressive" with the state for an answer on the grant.

Christopher said the township is waiting for the Governor's Action Team to answer its application for a $1 million state grant.

The township has about $2.2 million to fund the project, which it estimates to cost $1.7 million to $2.4 million.

By relaxing the construction schedule and adding six more months to complete the project, Stumpp said the township will also be able to accommodate challenges presented by the weather.

The concrete construction and the planting along the embankments both require warm weather to properly mature.

Stumpp said all planting would have to happen between mid-February and mid-April or in the month of October. The concrete, he said, needs temperatures above 50 degrees to cure. In colder months, contractors would need to heat the site to cure the concrete, which would come at an additional cost.

The board will advertise for project bids at its April 7 meeting.

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