Cross Creek looks to replace bridge

April 19, 2013
A school bus crosses the Clark Avenue Bridge in Cross Creek Township. Supervisors are considering replacing the bridge. - Aaron Kendeall / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

Cross Creek Township supervisors voted Tuesday to lease property that could clear the way for construction of a replacement for the small bridge that spans a creek leading to the municipal building.

Township manager Rachel Blosser said the board voted unanimously to pay local resident Jerry Stefkovich $1,000 a month for two months in order to create an alternate route that would detour traffic away from the Clark Avenue Bridge during construction. The bridge carries traffic on the only route in or out of the municipal complex and the Cedar Grove housing plan, which has roughly 30 homes.

Blosser said township supervisors and road crew members met with county officials recently to review plans for replacing the 16-foot, one-lane grated bridge with a prefabricated bridge of similar size.

Roadmaster Rob Gagliani said the county’s plans are not ideal because the proposed replacement bridge would rest two feet higher than the existing structure, creating several concerns.

“Out biggest concern is the narrowness of the bridge (for) trailer trucks,” Gagliani said.

Gagliani said a tanker truck rolled over an embankment earlier this year while trying to cross the bridge.

The lease of the residential property would allow the county to consider options that would include installation of a temporary bridge during replacement of the old span.

The new bridge would be partially financed with a $100,000 grant from gaming revenue.

Also at the meeting, Avella School Board President Corey McConn asked the supervisors to consider donating $10,000 to the district in order to terminate the pay-to-play program, which requires district students to pay $100 for each sport in which they participate. Supervisors will consider the request and vote on it later.

Township offices will be closed from April 22 to April 24 while township employees attend the Pennsylvania State Association of Townships conference in Hershey.

The next meeting has been moved up from May 21 to 7:30 p.m. May 14.



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