When planning began on a Franklin Township bridge five years ago as a locally funded project, the project had to be halted due to a lack of money.
Now the bridge, along with one in Glen Rock Borough, will be rebuilt primarily with state and federal funding.
Both were approved for reconstruction by the York County Commissioners this week.
The Franklin Township bridge is on Ridge Road over the Bermudian Creek; the total contract price for its replacement is $183,500.
Also being replaced is the bridge over the south branch of the Codorus Creek in Glen Rock, for about $409,000.
Design for the two bridges is under way, said John Klinedinst, president and CEO of C.S. Davidson Inc., the com-
pany heading up both projects.
"The design process is a very lengthy process," Klinedinst said.
Project manager Jordan Good said that design for the Ridge Road bridge is close to being finished.
"We hope to bid that project late this year and then it will enter construction in 2013," said Good.
The Glen Rock bridge is a brand new project, and construction will probably not begin for two to three years, Good said.
Funding: The decision has not yet been made on whether the two York bridge projects will be funded with 80 percent state and 20 percent local funds, or as 80 percent federal and 15 percent state funds through the Transportation Improvement Plan and 5 percent county liquid fuel funds.
Klinedinst is anticipating the latter will be chosen.
All bridges in York County are inspected every two years as part of a federal requirement, he said. Bridges with a known deficiency are examined yearly and are recommended for reconstruction. Both of the bridges being replaced were determined to be in need of attention.
Some of the 96 bridges in York County are more than 100 years old and are still in use, Klinedinst said.
"For the most part our bridges are hidden on back streets," said Klinedinst, referring to the ones the county is responsible for. "We have to take care of them."
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