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Proposals being accepted for Hunters Creek Bridge

Published January 19. 2011 05:00PM

Proposals are being accepted by Lower Towamensing Township for the repair of Hunters Creek Bridge.

The township will accept bids for the bridge until 1 p.m. Feb. 8. The bids will then be opened that night by the township's board of supervisors at 7 p.m.

Bids will be received for the underpinning and wing replacement for the bridge, located on Covered Bridge Road over Hunter Creek.

Supervisors Chairman Ron Walbert said the bridge is structurally deficient, and in need of repair.

"The underpinning of the foot of the bridge is starting to deteriorate," Walbert said. "We have to build a cofferdam to divert the water away and then clean off the existing footer, reform it, and poor a new footer there."

Walbert said the bridge is a "major artery."

"We've cut down a big tree that was forcing the wing wall on the bridge inward," he said. "One of the walls on top of the bridge, the concrete is deteriorated, we have to fix that."

Walbert said the township has decided to restore, rather than rebuild the bridge, which he said would be costly.

"The [Carbon] County plans to restore the Covered Bridge," he said. "So, for us to not have our bridge up to standards would be counterproductive."

While unsure as to exactly how much the project will cost, Walbert said the township has $240,000 set aside in this year's liquid fuels account to address the bridge, as well as a five-year plan to repair township roads before they're eventually replaced.

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