Construction of four Upper Delaware bridges approved
PennDOT District 4-0 Executive and 2013 Commission Chairman George J. Roberts said that the final design for all aspects of the project is still a work-in-progress, and there will be numerous reviews to satisfy and permits to secure before construction begins.
“The Upper Delaware River is a treasure and we wouldn’t want it blocked,” he added. “The river is very sensitive and we always try to handle things in an environmentally-sensitive manner.”
In other capital construction news, the 1901 Skinners Falls, NY-Milanville, PA Bridge which was closed on Dec. 15, 2012 after an in-depth inspection raised safety concerns over support beams, was scheduled to re-open to traffic on May 20.
The Commission approved an expenditure of $389,200 for those repairs to stringers and floor beams, while earmarking $1,364,000 to do preliminary engineering, various studies, and final design to rehabilitate the single-lane, wooden plank bridge with a 7-ton load capacity. No timetable was given for the actual rehabilitation work.
PennDOT expects by mid-June to receive the steel that is currently being manufactured for the 1954 Narrowsburg, NY-Darbytown, PA Bridge to commence a $538,000 contract to replace corroded sections of the metal grid deck. The bridge has been downposted to a 15-ton weight limit for single vehicles and 27 tons for combination vehicles like tractor trailers in the meantime. Traffic will continue in one lane with temporary signals throughout the project, which is expected to take 4-6 weeks.
Once those emergency repairs are completed, it is anticipated that the bridge will remain restricted to one lane until 2015. The Commission’s schedule of proposed contract lettings allocates $1,533,812 to design more long-term repairs of the Narrowsburg bridge.
The 1953 Cochecton, NY-Milanville, PA Bridge will also have preliminary engineering, various studies, and final design done for major rehabilitation, with $708,000 earmarked for this planning effort in 2014.
The Commission approved an estimated $103,800 to be expended this fiscal year (April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014) on general maintenance for all 10 bridges, compared to the $115,265 spent last fiscal year.
A team of DOT representatives from NY and PA conducted their 2013 inspection of all the bridges on April 25 to prepare for the annual Commission meeting.