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Pieces of Washington Township bridge put into place

November 18, 2008

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Workers on Tuesday installed the first of three sections of the new Antietam Creek bridge on the path of Washington Township Boulevard.

"It's all precast, prefabricated. They're picking it up and putting it in place," said Mike Christopher, Washington Township manager.

Christopher said he expects Lobar Site Development Inc. to finish this portion of the work by the end of the day Thursday. The first piece spans the water itself, while the next two will stretch the 150-foot bridge beyond the area of potential flooding during storms.

The Contech Construction Products Inc. concrete pieces arrived on flatbed trailers at the site along Country Club Road.

Paving on either side of the bridge will occur in the spring of 2009, Christopher said.

A loan from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank paid for the lion's share of the more than $2 million project.

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 to Old Forge Road, and bridge construction affects the unopened portion from Old Forge Road to Country Club Road.

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-- Jennifer Fitch

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