The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Engineering District 4-0 and New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Region 9 (Southern Tier) working in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is advancing the Pond Eddy Bridge Replacement Project. At the conclusion of the final Design Advisory Committee meeting, held at the Shohola Township Building on August 29rd, 2013, the Design team has decided on a new bridge design—dual truss bridge to span the Delaware River, color of the bridge and design width.
The Department is currently in the Final Design phase. The bridge replacement project is scheduled for April 2016.
In accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement for adverse effects to the historic bridge, PennDOT is in the process of marketing the bridge through the Commonwealth’s Department of General Services. The bridge was placed on the auction website on January 06, 2014 with a 15 day notice to all Commonwealth agencies. At the end of this period, there were no interested agencies. It is currently opened to the municipal authorities for bid. If no municipal authorities are interested then DGS Department of General Services will open the auction to the public.
As the final design progresses, the bridge continues to require maintenance. After a fall 2013 inspection of the bridge, PennDOT determined that additional repairs were required. This coming spring, PennDOT will contract to have approximately 40 stringers replaced. Similar to the past several years, the stringer replacements will require partial closure of the bridge, which will be coordinated with local residents and the National Park Service.