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Pa. company hired to build bridge for township boulevard

June 03, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. - Maybe, just maybe, an extension of North Welty Road will be open by the end of the year to vehicles traveling to Washington Township Boulevard.

Awarding the project to Lobar Site Development Inc. on Monday opened up the possibility that the three-arch, concrete bridge over Antietam Creek could be in place by the end of the year.

However, the contractor has 12 full months to do the job and no time frame will be put in place until after the preconstruction meeting, according to Carroll Sturm, chairman of the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors.

"We're hoping they can have the bridge itself built by Oct. 31 so we can pave it," Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

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Landscaping required by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection could be postponed until next spring, he said.

Lobar was the low bidder among a field of about 10 contractors looking to span the 150 feet as required. Lobar, of Dillsburg, Pa., was approved at $2.1 million, while the highest bids came in at about $2.9 million, Sturm said.

A previously acquired loan from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank will fund $1.9 million, Christopher said. Franklin County gave the township $220,000, and other grants are pending from the state, he said.

Washington Township Boulevard is a $16.7 million relief route being built north of Waynesboro to provide an alternate to heavily traveled Pa. 16.

The relief route is open from Rouzerville Commons (home of Lowe's and Wal-Mart) to Old Forge Road, and the speed of bridge construction affects the unopened portion from Old Forge Road to Country Club Road.

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