Bridge rehabilitation project dates announced
HARRISBURG -- The state Department of Transportation announced Aug. 24 that work will not begin on the Route 1014 (Specktown Road) bridge rehabilitation project until Tuesday, Sept. 2.
The bridge carries Route 1014 across a tributary of the Wiconisco Creek southwest of Gratz.
‘We announced last week that this bridge would close on Aug. 25, but the contractor told us late last week that it still needs time to get everything ready for this project and has postponed closing the bridge until after Labor Day. So folks have another week to use it before it’s closed,’’ according to Greg Penny, community relations coordinator for PennDOT District 8-0.
According to PennDOT, the bridge will remain closed at least through early January 2015.
A signed detour will direct drivers around the bridge by way of Specktown Road, Route 1009 (South Crossroads Road) and Route 25. PennDOT says the bridge carries an average of 2,359 vehicles per day.
Final paving of the roadway will not take place until next spring. The bridge will not be re-closed at that time. Instead, there will be lane restrictions and flaggers assisting drivers through the work zone.
No change in Route 4013 bridge status. The bridge that carries Powells Valley Road (Route 4013) across Rattling Creek in Lykens also will be rehabilitated; however, the contractor has not yet confirmed a date for work to begin.
The bridge will remain open while repairs are under way. Temporary traffic signals will be installed to alternate the direction of traffic in a single lane across the bridge.
Jay Fulkroad & Sons of McAlisterville has been contracted for both projects at an overall cost of $1,294,581.
"The funding for these bridges has been
made possible by Act 89, the transportation plan signed
by Governor Tom Corbett last fall," PennDOT said.
"Without Act 89, the repairs for both bridges could not
have been scheduled for this year."
The 'Challenge' is now local
And now, the Ice Bucket Challenge, a fundraiser that has raised millions of dollars for the ALS Foundation, is making its way into the Sentinel’s coverage area.
The Millersburg Fire Co. is holding what it calls a Community Ice Bucket Challenge Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 1) at 3 p.m. at firehouse, 325 Center St.
Each year, hundreds of young people and their adult advisors, representing the six school districts in the Sentinel’s coverage area, spend countless hours – hours picking and rehearsing music, memorizing intricate drill patterns, and working in all kinds of weather – to put together shows that will be performed in public, at a variety of venues.
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