Bridge Projects in Central Pennsylvania
Work on three bridges in the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority's (JRA) system will be occurring this year. Bids have been awarded for two of them and a third bid opening is scheduled for late May.
White Deer Bridge
Village of White Deer, Union County
Reconstruction of the White Deer Bridge is a key component of the JRA's effort to return rail service to the Allenwood area, primarily for the Great Stream Commons Business Park. The Bridge was severely damaged in flooding during 1996, and subsequently taken out of commission. The Bridge's old beams, however, will be used on new piers for the new structure. Lycoming Supply, Inc., Williamsport, has been awarded the reconstruction bid. The cost is $845,323. Funds are being provided through the federal TIGER II grant awarded to the JRA in 2011. Work will begin this summer and completion is anticipated in the fall.
Bellefonte, Centre County
Originally a part of the Bellefonte Industrial Track, the Talleyrand Bridge is an integral part of the Nittany and Bald Eagle Railroad. The Bridge's steel beams will be refurbished by Lycoming Supply at a cost of $214,855. The work will be done "under traffic," i.e., there will be no need to close the Bridge. An early summer start on the project is anticipated with completion by fall.
Loyalsock Creek Bridge
Between Montoursville and Williamsport, Lycoming County
The 80-year old bridge was demolished after being heavily damaged by flooding resulting from Tropical Storm Lee in September, 2011. Design and specifications for the new bridge are complete and bids for the project are being pursued. Bid opening is scheduled for June 5. Announcement of the contract award will take place at the Rail Authority's June 12 meeting.