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Revised Schedule Puts Rail Bridge Reconstruction Project on the Fast Track
By SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority,
August 23, 2013
Restoration of the White Deer railroad bridge, in northern Union County, is expected to be complete by late September. As a result, rail service will be available to prospective industrial tenants in the Great Stream Commons Business Park. The SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority (JRA) is reconstructing the bridge at a cost of nearly $1,000,000.
A revised construction schedule, announced by the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority, allowed a traffic detour around the White Deer Pike to be lifted early. Commenting on the detour, Jeff Stover, Executive Director, JRA, said, "It simply wasn't safe for cars and trucks on the White Deer Pike, through the reconstruction project. Guardrail was removed and heavy equipment was constantly in motion. Work was being done on the bridge piers right alongside the road and there was always thepossibility of tools or equipment falling from the railroad bridge as the project proceeded.
The revised, accelerated schedule was worked out by Lycoming Supply, contractor on the project; John Conrad, the JRA's bridge engineer; PennDOT; and representatives of the Rail Authority. "When completed," said Stover, "the reconstructed railroad bridge will be higher than the old one providing more clearance for trucks passing underneath and will provide for improved site distance for vehicles exiting Depot Road. Other improvements impacting vehicular traffic include the construction of two new grade crossings at Leiser Road, plus a culvert located just north of Route I-80 is being upsized to relieve flooding on the west side of Old Route 15, where it intersects with Leiser Road."
John Showers, Union County Commissioner, is particularly looking forward to the bridge's completion, stating, "The County's foremost marketing strategy to sell commercial real estate holdings at Great Stream Commons industrial/commercial park is predicated on the return of rail freight service to northern Union County and Great Stream Commons. Union County's ability to boast of a two-million square foot commercial/industrial site pad that is rail served places us on the short list of such sites in all of Pennsylvania and the entire Mid-Atlantic Region."