A historic Franklin Township bridge built in 1890 will soon find a new home in Dover Township when the bridge is moved from its original location to land that is slated to become a new park.
Crews are preparing the one-lane truss bridge on Meadow View Road, just east of Route 15 in northwestern York County, for removal either this week or next, said Mike Crochunis, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.
The stone and metal bridge was purchased for $1 from the state Department of General Services' auction, said Laurel Oswalt, Dover Township manager.
New location: The bridge will be installed in Dover on a plot of land that borders the township municipal building property, Oswalt said.
One of the township's bridges on that land washed out as a result of flooding, she said, and refitting the old bridge was a more cost-effective way to provide transport over a tributary of Fox Run that goes through the property.
The township plans to convert the 49.98-acre plot into a park in future years, Oswalt said, though it is still working on long-term plans and a timeline for that to happen.
As of now, township crews will use the bridge to cross the waterway with mowing equipment to maintain the property, Oswalt said. The bridge can be used for pedestrian and light vehicle traffic when the property is converted into a park, she added.
Replacement needed: The bridge is only about 14.5 feet wide, Crochunis said, and doesn't have the structural stability to safely handle large vehicles, such as PennDOT plows.
Meadow View Road averages 220 vehicles traveled daily. It's not a large amount of traffic, Crochunis said, but the replacement two-lane bridge will ensure the crossing over Bermudian Creek doesn't become a "pinch point" for travelers.
The road will be closed to through traffic for four months, Crochunis said, with the project expected to wrap up at the end of October. Lobar Site Development Corp. of Dillsburg won the $747,405 contract to remove the truss bridge and construct a new one in its place.
The company will also handle the transport of the truss bridge to its new location in Dover, Oswalt said.
The township has already received the necessary permits for the project, hired an engineer to determine the abutments necessary for installing the bridge and has everything ready for the bridge's arrival, Oswalt said.
Oswalt said the township was able to do most of the work in-house, which kept the cost between $15,000 and $20,000 over the past year. That's compared to about double or triple that to construct a new bridge, she said.
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