The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 21, 2013

Cambria eyes 6 bridges for repair

Randy Griffith

EBENSBURG — County planners have identified six county-owned bridges for possible repairs or replacement.

At its lunch meeting last week in The Cottage Restaurant, Cambria County Planning Commission approved up to $5,000 for Stiffler, McGraw & Associates Inc. of Hollidaysburg to inspect the bridges and prepare estimates.

“We are trying to determine which of the bridges are in the worst condition,” Chris Allison, transportation planner, told the commission members.

“We identified six. What we’d like to do now is work with the engineers and for the engineers to closely examine the bridges with an engineer’s eye. Without that, it is hard to prioritize.”

The engineering company will be asked to submit cost comparisons for repairing, replacing or closing the structures, Allison said.

Cambria County owns a total of 26 bridges, Allison said.

The bridges up for review are:

• Carney Bridge across Little Conemaugh River in Washington Township near Lilly.

• Red Mill Bridge across the North Branch Blacklick Creek in Blacklick Township near Belsano.

• Allport Bridge over Walnut Run in Susquehanna Township, near Northern Cambria.

• Chest Creek Bridge over Chest Creek at the border of Clearfield and East Carroll townships, south of Patton.

• Van Ormer Bridge over Clearfield Creek at the border of White and Reade Townships, near Van Ormer.

• Maple Street Bridge over the South Fork of the Little Conemaugh River in South Fork Borough.