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Progress made on repairs to Carbon covered bridge

Published November 02. 2011 05:02PM

Repairs to the covered bridge in Lower Towamensing Township are moving along smoothly.

Paula M. Gower of Home Solutions Partners, Inc. of Palmerton, the company hired to complete the repairs, reported that progress on the bridge has been made over the last few weeks.

"The structural repairs are completed at this time, as well as the repairs to the siding boards that were damaged during flooding caused by Tropical Storm Lee," Gower said via email. "Work was delayed due to weather ... but our crew is working diligently to get the project completed so the bridge can be opened."

She noted that the company is currently working to install the new roof, which is anticipated to be completed by the end of this week.

"There will be miscellaneous items to be completed," Gower continued, "after the roof such as signage and clean up but we feel confident that the bridge should be open to the public by Wednesday, Nov. 9."

The covered bridge, which is located in the Little Gap section of Lower Towamensing Township and owned by Carbon County, was closed to traffic in June after Joseph Chiariello of Albrightsville drove a large commercial vehicle through it, causing $33,089 in damage.

In late September, flooding from Tropical Storm Lee caused further damage to the bridge. The total cost of the repairs was $41,296.

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