The Hetzler Bridge in Cumberland County, which was closed for repairs after being damaged in a 2018 crash, opened to traffic Tuesday.
The historic 216-foot steel truss bridge on Creek Road spans Conodoguinet Creek in Western Pennsylvania and Lower Frankford Township. According to the county release, the average daily traffic on the bridge is 460 vehicles weighing 8 tons.
“We are pleased to restore this historic bridge and protect it from the elements by replacing aging steel components, installing new rails and painting the entire structure,” said Cumberland County Planning Director Kirk Stoner. , making it safer for residents.” “Bridge work started in March and we were able to complete all repairs within nine months.”
The Hertzler Bridge was built in 1896 by the Pittsburgh Bridge Company. The original steel beams still bear the name of Carnegie, who owned the Carnegie Steel Company of Pittsburgh.
The restoration project included repair, replacement and refurbishment of damaged trusses, masonry abutments and wing walls, main truss supports, reconstruction of damaged steel connections, steel stringers and floor girders.
The total funding for the project exceeds $1.5 million. Kinsley Construction of York was the building contractor and Herbert, Rowland and Grubic were the county’s bridge engineers and project designers.
The restoration project is the final project in Cumberland County’s Bridge Capital Improvement Program, which replaced or repaired more than $40 million in the county’s 28 existing bridges in just over six years. The primary source of funding is a $5 per vehicle registration fee approved by the county in 2015.
These costs generate approximately $1.1 million annually and allow the County to address critical bridge needs without raising property taxes. Funds generated from vehicle registration fees cannot be used for the county general fund, which is earmarked for roads and bridges.
For more information on all bridge construction projects, visit the County Planning Department webpage for project updates.
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