Replacement project for Pond Eddy Bridge to begin in two years
A project update at the May 15 commission meeting revealed that the environmental clearance phase has been finalized, with the issuance of a Determination of No Significant Effect document in October 2013.
On November 19, 2013, a pre-application meeting took place at the bridge site with representation from the 15 agencies that will be responsible for or consulted to issue project-related permits, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service, and state environmental regulatory authorities.
Susan Hazelton, PennDOT’s acting assistant district executive for design, reported that field surveys should wrap up this month. She said that the process of acquiring rights-of-way is largely responsible for the two-year time frame before the contract is ready to be awarded, although that April 2016 date represents a “worst-case scenario” that they hope to decrease in length by streamlining tasks as much as possible.
The new bridge will be constructed under a design-build contract. Applicants will be responsible for proposing their operational plans, including the specific design and time frame of a temporary causeway in the river that will be necessary since construction equipment has access only from the New York side.