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Bridge reopens in time for Memorial Day weekend at Twin Bridge campground

May 23, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Franklin County Commissioners, from left, Bob Ziobrowski, David Keller and Robert Thomas cut a ribbon for one of the new bridges officially opened near Twin Bridge Meadow Family Campgrounds west of Chambersburg. Joining them are officials from St. Thomas and Hamilton townships and the firms who worked on the project.
By Roxann Miller, Staff Writer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — It was a fitting kickoff to summer as two new bridges opened to traffic just in time for the Memorial Day rush to Twin Bridge Meadow Family Campground.

Franklin County commissioners and supervisors from St. Thomas and Hamilton townships cut a ribbon on Wednesday to officially open the two-lane bridges to traffic.

Bridge 27 crosses Dennis Creek and is on Twin Bridge Road while Bridge 28 is on Crottlestown Road and also crosses Dennis Creek. Twin Bridge Road is off U.S. 30 a few miles west of Chambersburg.

The bridges replace a one-lane bridge that officials said was prone to flooding when the creek rose.

The county awarded the contract to George S. Hann and Son for $829,500.39. Not only did the contractors complete the job before the Memorial Day deadline, but commissioners also said they came in $20,000 under budget.

C.S. Davidson of York, Pa., were the engineers on the job.

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Construction began in the fall of 2011, and Franklin County Commissioner Bob Thomas had his doubts about meeting the tight Memorial Day deadline.

“The cooperation between the municipalities has been very evident and when (C.S.) Davidson got the contract it just didn’t seem like they could do it in time for this weekend,” Thomas said. “The goal was to get both of these bridges open by this weekend for the benefit of the camping season, but they said, ‘Yeah we can do it,’ and this has turned out to be an absolutely wonderful project.”

Mike Kessinger, chairman of the Hamilton Township Board of Supervisors, said crews labored under tight deadlines to finish the job on time.

“I think it’s a job well done. It is a safety issue, because both former bridges were single lane bridges and with the area developing there was a lot more traffic. The new two-lane bridges improve safety,” Kessinger said.

Terry and Julie O’Hara of Chambersburg will be among the hundreds expected to flock to Twin Bridge Meadow Family Campground this weekend for some rest and relaxation.

“I’ve been coming here for about 30 years,” Terry O’Hara said.

But the road closure put a crimp in accessing the campgrounds, forcing him to travel about four miles out of his way while the bridge was closed.

But, he can’t wait to load up his camper for a weekend of summer fun.

“I just like to get away from the everyday (pace) and relax,” he said.

David Keller, chairman of the Franklin County Commissioners, said the new bridge opens up a realm of opportunities for the local community.

“We are fortunate to live in a great country and a state and a county that realizes the wisdom and the wealth to build new bridges. Without bridges, farmers’ products can’t get to market, first responders can’t get to people in distress, and we can’t exercise our freedoms to get where we want to go,” Keller said.

“I think opportunities like this ... remind us what we have and Memorial Day is a good time to remind us of the freedoms and the rights that we have,” he said.
 

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