|News for Immediate Release|
July 14, 2014
Departments of General Services, Transportation Seek Buyers to Purchase, Preserve Historic Pike County Bridge Preservation–minded Individuals, Groups Sought to Maintain Bridge in New Location
Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Departments of General Services and Transportation are seeking buyers interested in purchasing and preserving the historic Pond Eddy Bridge in Pike County.
According to DGS Secretary Sheri Phillips, her department is currently accepting letters of interest until Aug. 29, 2014 and bids until Sept. 5, 2014 from potential buyers willing to preserve the bridge in a new location.
Built in 1904, the Pond Eddy Bridge carries Route 1011 over the Delaware River in Shohola Township, Pike County. The two-span bridge is 504 feet long and 16 feet wide. Each span of the bridge is 252 feet in length. Both spans of the bridge are available as a set or individually.
“The Pond Eddy Bridge is a significant part of the history of the towns of Pond Eddy, Pennsylvania, and Lumberland, New York, where it served as the only connection point between the two towns since its construction,” Phillips noted. “By no means is the life of this bridge over. There are many other ways this bridge can continue to be a part of our state’s history.”
Phillips noted that historic bridges can be successfully adapted to become bike and walking bridges on trails, in parks and on college campuses.
“There are many applications this bridge can be adapted to fit and the flexibility of purchasing the spans as a pair, or individually, will enable potential owners to cover a large or smaller crossing,” Phillips said.
In addition to the Pond Eddy Bridge, 10 county and locally owned bridges are currently being marketed through PennDOT’s Bridge Marketing Program. The program allows state agencies, municipalities, non-profit organizations, educational institutions and the general public to purchase historic bridges that would otherwise be dismantled during replacement or removal projects.
PennDOT and DGS partner on marketing state-owned historic bridges, inviting the public to own or reuse some historic bridges that are being replaced by newer structures.
“Bridges are a rich part of Pennsylvania’s history, and we have the third-highest number of bridges in the country,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. “While we sometimes have to replace historic bridges because of safety and modern traffic patterns, this program helps our historic structures live on in other uses.”
Once a buyer is selected for the Pond Eddy Bridge, DGS will transfer ownership of the bridge to the buyer and PennDOT will remove the bridge and transport it to an agreed upon location.
While anyone can purchase eligible bridges through the program, the purchasers must agree that they will preserve the historical characteristics of the bridge and not sell it. New bridge owners are responsible for costs associated with the rehabilitation and future maintenance of the bridge.
For information on the Pond Eddy Bridge letter of interest and bid process, visit the DGS website at http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/state_surplus_property_program/1395/bridge_marketing/1634385.
For more information on the PennDOT Bridge Marketing Program and available bridges, visit http://paprojectpath.org/penndot-crm/bridges/bridges-for-sale or call 717-705-1484.
Media contact: DGS, Troy Thompson, 717-787-3197
PennDOT, Erin Waters-Trasatt, 717-783-8800 ###
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.