Franklin, Fulton county bridges need repairs, PennDOT says

May 23, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The bridges of Franklin County include seven that ought to be replaced in the next three years and 10 more in need of rehabilitation because of structural deficiencies, according to an Accelerated Bridge Program list released Thursday by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The statewide list of 1,145 bridges in most immediate need of repair of replacement includes 15 more in Fulton County, according to PennDOT. Gov. Ed Rendell on Thursday asked that the General Assembly approve borrowing $200 million per year over 10 years to pay for the replacement of bridges as part of his Rebuild Pennsylvania Initiative.

Three of the projects -- rehabilitating three bridges on Interstate 81 over railroad lines, Pa. 316 and U.S. 30 in the Chambersburg area -- are supposed to go to bid this year, with the work beginning in 2009, Franklin County Planning Director Phil Tarquino said. Repairing the bridges could take two years or more, he said.


Pennsylvania has about 25,000 bridges, and 6,000 of them are regarded as structurally deficient, the most of any state, PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny said. The list of 1,145 released Thursday represents those most in need of replacement or repair, he said.

"Some are going to construction this year, or are already planned," Penny said, but getting to all of the bridges will require action by the legislature to borrow the money.

One project -- the Pa. 914 bridge over Interstate 81 in Marion, Pa. -- is completed, but still was on the list.

"Residents rely on every bridge on this list, but there is deterioration that travelers cannot see," Rendell said while standing near the 5,200-foot George Wade Bridge over the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg. Penn said repairs to that bridge are estimated at $38 million.

If many of these bridges are not repaired of replaced, it eventually will result in them being closed or posted for weight restrictions, creating detours and interrupting commerce and commutes.

Rendell said in his announcement that PennDOT closed a bridge in Clearfield County in April for emergency repairs, creating a 25-mile detour for the 4,400 vehicles that used it each day.

The average age of a bridge in Pennsylvania is about 50 years, Penny said, well into its useful life span.

The Rebuild Pennsylvania initiative also includes funding for flood control projects, repairs to state-owned dams, rail freight and aviation projects, and other infrastructure projects.

Franklin County

The following bridges are listed for replacement in Franklin County under an Accelerated Bridge Program announced Thursday by Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell:

  • Pa. 316 over Little Antietam Creek, Washington Township.

  • Pa. 433 over Conodoguinet Creek, Lurgan and Southampton townships.

  • Pa. 641 over Clippinger Run in Lurgan Township.

  • Pa. 997 over Little Antietam Creek, Quincy Township.

  • Marsh Run Road over the west branch of Little Antietam Creek, Washington Township.

  • Jack Road over Back Creek, Hamilton Township.

  • Siloam Road over the Conococheague Creek, Greene Township.

    The following bridges are recommended for rehabilitation:

  • Interstate 81 northbound and southbound over the CSX and Western Maryland railroad lines, Guilford Township.

  • I-81 northbound and southbound over Pa. 316, Guilford Township.

  • I-81 southbound over U.S. 30, Guilford Township.

  • Pa. 316 over Conrail Bridge, Chambersburg.

  • Kauffman Hill Bridge over I-81, Antrim Township.

  • Williamson Road over Back and Conococheague creeks, Antrim and St. Thomas townships.

  • Guitner Road over Conococheague Creek, Antrim Township.

  • Horse Valley Road over Conodoquinet Creek, Letterkenny Township.

    Fulton County

    Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell Thursday recommended the following bridges be replaced in Fulton County over the next three years under his Rebuild Pennsylvania Initiative:

  • Interstate 70 over tributary to Little Tonoloway Creek, Bethel Township.

  • U.S. 522 bridge over Licking Creek, Belfast Township.

  • U.S. 522 bridge over Licking Creek, Todd and Dublin townships.

  • Andover Bridge over Licking Creek, Licking Creek Township.

    The following bridges were recommended for renovation or preservation:

  • South Wardfordsburg Bridge over I-70, Bethel Township.

  • Town Hill Interchange Bridge, Pa. 643 over I-70, Brush Creek Township.

  • I-70 over Fairview Lane, Bethel and Union townships.

  • Cove Creek Bridge on State Route 1003 over Cove Creek, Ayr Township.

  • West McConnellsburg Bridge over U.S. 30, Ayr Township.

  • U.S. 522 over Little Aughwick Creek, Dublin Township.

  • State Route 3006 over Little Tonoloway Creek, Bethel Township.

    The list also recommended removal of I-70 dual bridges over Lodge Road, Brush Creek Township.

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