Ulster officials unhappy with bridge
Ulster Township supervisors stated their dissatisfaction with the results of a recent bridge replacement at a meeting earlier this week.
The new bridge on the south side of Second Street over Toad Hollow Creek is structurally sound and holds traffic well. However, supervisors said the bridge is not as wide as it should be on the south end, and a guard rail needs to be pushed back by approximately two feet.
Supervisors said the narrow spot has the potential to cause traffic congestion and difficulty with passing on the south part of the street. "If [the bridge] was moved down, it would have been beautiful," said supervisor Dick Farr.
Supervisors agreed to write a letter to the state expressing their displeasure with the bridge, which was installed this summer to replace a bridge damaged in the flood of 2011. The flood caused an estimated $184,000 in damage to the old bridge, with the costs reimbursed by federal and state emergency management agency funds.
Farr said that supervisors believe the problem lies in the drawings created by the project's consulting engineer, Rettew Associates, and not an error in construction by the project contractor, Dycon Construction Northeast of Pine City, N.Y. Supervisor Boyd Rowe said supervisors had approved Rettew's drawing prior to the start of construction.
Rettew officials told supervisors they would provide possible solutions to the problem, but as of Monday's meeting, Farr said the bridge would likely not be corrected. "We'll probably have to accept it as is or change it ourselves," he said.
Farr estimated the cost of correcting the issue to be between $6,000 and $9,000 in funds that likely would not be reimbursed by FEMA or PEMA. "It's a sore subject," he said.
A bridge on the north side of Second Street over Cash Creek, which has also been unusable since the 2011 flood, is slated to be repaired in 2015 with assistance from the state Department of Transportation. Supervisors voted in December to select Stahl Sheaffer Engineering of Selinsgrove, Pa. as consultant for the bridge project.
The north bridge was not approved for FEMA or PEMA reimbursement due to prior damage, supervisors said.
Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.