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Posted on: June 13, 2022

Bridge 226 renovation project wins award

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June 9, 2022

As a testament to its continued commitment to county infrastructure, the York County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce the completion of the Slate Hill Road Bridge renovation project and also the award-winning recognition of the refurbishment of Bridge 226.

York County President Commissioner Julie Wheeler, along with Commissioners Doug Hoke and Ron Smith, recently attended a ribbon-cutting to commemorate the reopening of the Slate Hill Road Bridge, a 122-year-old stone arch bridge shared by York and Cumberland counties.

Over many years, the bridge, which spans the Yellow Breeches Creek, sustained water damage and impairment by continued use of high-vehicle traffic, not a surprise considering it was originally meant for horse and carriage transportation.

“Nine of the 90 bridges (York County maintains), we share with Cumberland County,” Wheeler said this week. “Slate Hill Road Bridge is one of those nine. Cumberland County is a great neighbor, and the renovation of Slate Hill Road is an example of how two counties collaborated to renovate a historic bridge and improve public safety in our combined communities.”

John Klinedinst, Chief Administrative Officer of CS Davidson, the York-based engineering company that managed the project, thanked the commissioners for their involvement.

“I think it came out really nicely,” he said.

Rehabilitation work on a second 100-plus-year-old bridge, Bridge 226, on Hull Drive in Washington Township, was completed in 2020, according to Logan Swartz of CS Davidson.

More recently, the project won an award, he said.

“We submitted it to the Association for Bridge Construction and Design’s Susquehanna Chapter Awards Program, which evaluates projects on technical merit, context-sensitive solutions, innovation and constructability and I’m honored to announce that the project won the award,” Swartz said. 

In contrast to the Stone Hill Road Bridge’s stone construction, Bridge 226 is primarily an iron, whose two trusses were built in the late 1800s in Ohio and transported to Pennsylvania in 1917, he said.

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