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Fixing York County's bridges

 

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The York County Commissioners attended two ribbon cuttings for county bridges this summer, celebrating the hard work that went in to their reopenings.

In July, Commissioners Julie Wheeler, Doug Hoke and Ron Smith cut the ribbon at York County Bridge 226 on Hull Drive over Bermudian Creek in Washington Township. Built in 1896, the span is a rare example of back-to-back truss bridges.

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More recently in early September, the commissinoers were at York County Bridge 274 on Singer Road over the Heritage Rail Trail in New Freedom. Built in 1905, this structure is a 64-foot long single-span Warren truss bridge that became eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.

"I think the residents in those communities are pretty happy," President Commissiner Julie Wheeler said during the commissioners Sept. 16 public meeting following county engineer John Klinedinst's remarks about the projects that took several years.

Klinedinst, of C.S. Davidson, commended the commissioners for their participation in the events that rehabbed the two historic bridges. 

York County owns and maintains 93 bridges and shares joint ownership and maintenance responsibilities with Cumberland County and Adams County for an additional 11 bridges of varying type, size and age. York County closely monitors the conditions of these bridges through mandated inspections.

 

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