June 8, 2007

Bi-state commission sets work plan for Upper Delaware Bridges

Next scheduled project will involve the bridge
between Matamoras and Port Jervis, NY,
and won't happen until next year

Dunmore – The New York-Pennsylvania Joint Interstate Bridge Commission approved capital construction and maintenance plans for the 10 Upper Delaware River bridges at its annual meeting held June 6 at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 4 office in Dunmore.

Representatives from the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) and National Park Service (NPS) Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River attended the meeting.

PennDOT Assistant District Engineer for Design, Robert T. Doble, reported that the Pond Eddy, NY-Pond Eddy, PA Bridge has “had the most action” as the DOT presses on with its long-standing recommendation to replace the 1904 structure while attending to emergency repairs that have further reduced the weight limit.

The DOT will work on replacing additional deteriorated stringers, as well as 100 square yards of the wooden deck, in 2007.

The DOT’s approximately $6.2 million proposal to build a modern, two-lane bridge posted at 36 tons has been tied up in the alternatives review phase for years due to objections raised over tearing down the Pennsylvania Truss structure that achieved a 1988 listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Other 2006-07 highlights:

  • Construction of the $11.34 million Barryville, NY-Shohola PA Bridge, slightly upstream from the old 1941 bridge that was demolished,
  • Skinners’s Falls, NY-Milanville, PA Bridge. In early 2007, the 1901 bridge was downgraded from nine tons to seven tons after the consultant’s October 2006 in-depth inspection revealed damage to the stone piers.  Major repairs to the roadway approaches were necessary after the June 2006 flood. Inspectors also found that the paint system has failed on the steel stringer beams and truss members, anti-skid must cleaned from the deck surface, and several timber running boards on the one-lane bridge require replacement.
  • The Kellams, NY-Stalker, PA Bridge also sustained critical flood damage in June 2006, necessitating an emergency closure and long detour for four months.

The commission approved a more modest budget of $86,000 for general maintenance of the 10 bridges from April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008.

On the schedule of pending capital projects:

  • Port Jervis, NY-Matamoras, PA - $550,000 was approved to repair the NY and PA abutment backwalls and pier expansion dam on the 1939 bridge.  Work scheduled for 2008.
  • A new Callicoon, NY-Damascus, PA Bridge to replace the 1961 structure is projected for 2013 at an estimated cost of $8,984,000.

Other bridges that fall under the NY-PA Joint Interstate Bridge Commission’s jurisdiction are: the 1954 Narrowsburg, NY-Darbytown, PA Bridge; the 1952 Cochecton, NY-Damascus, PA Bridge; the 1992 Lordville, NY-Equinunk, PA Bridge; and the 1937 Hancock, NY-Buckingham, PA Bridge. 

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