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Bridge, trail projects pushed to front burner in Antrim

January 27, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Less than a month into the new year, Antrim Township gave its engineer the green light Tuesday to start moving on two key projects.

The board of supervisors asked Martin and Martin Inc. of Chambersburg, Pa., to put the Grant Shook Road bridge project out to bid and to engineer improvements and additional features at the Shared Use Trail.

The advertisement scheduled to run on Friday will be the second time in four years that Antrim Township has solicited bids to replace the aging bridge on Grant Shook Road.

The project has sat on the township's wish list of bridge projects since at least 2005.

Joe McDowell of Martin and Martin said only one company bid on the project in 2005, which at the time was estimated to cost $155,000.

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Supervisor James Byers said he recalled that the board chose to not move forward with the bridge project because it wanted to explore the possibility of realigning Rosebud Road to connect with Grant Shook Road at Pa. 16.

Time has not done the bridge any favors, McDowell said.

"We think it (the bridge) is in desperate need of repair," he said.

McDowell said the bid documents specify that the estimated $175,000 bridge project will still include replacing the box culvert with some additional work to stabilize the stream banks.

Lisko said he typically reviews bid documents before they are advertised. Having received copies on Tuesday, he advised the board that if it chose to advertise, that it do so pending any changes.

"Usually my changes are not significant," he said, adding that he also wanted to see if he reviewed the 2005 bid documents.

During budget discussion in 2008, the board said it wanted to explore repairing its bridges in 2009, some of which are on PennDOT rights of way.

While Martin and Martin waits for bids on the bridge between Friday and Feb. 20, the board asked the firm to design additional features along the shared use trail, including drainage facilities at key intersections and a guide rail along the curve at Grant Shook Road.

McDowell said Tuesday Antrim Township has not spent all of its more than $350,000 grant for the trail and while the money cannot be spent on extending the trail, it can go toward repairing or improving the existing trail.

Supervisor and interim project coordinator Fred Young III said features and repairs proposed by Martin and Martin need to be done.

McDowell pointed out that the grant will reimburse Antrim Township for the construction costs of the additional features.

The estimated $6,700 engineering fee will not be reimbursed by the grant.

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