Gem Bridge Readied For Replacement
The placement of a traffic light at Gem Bridge in Belfast Township last week brings the county’s total number of traffic lights to three. The new light is, however, temporary as work is set to commence on the replacement of the 80-year-old Route 522 bridge that crosses Licking Creek.
According to Tara Callahan- Henry, a spokesperson for Penn- DOT’s Engineering District 9, the $2.1 million bridge project will totally replace the old bridge with a single span, pre-stressed concrete spread box beam bridge. She said that although the preparations have begun, she has not yet received a construction start date from the contractor
The general contractor for the project is Lobar Site Development Corp. of Dillsburg, Pa. The estimated completion date is May 27, 2011.
During the construction, the new bridge will be built in half widths and traffic will be maintained with the temporary traffic signals. There will be no detour, but the signals may cause some delays in traffic.
The project is part of the county’s transportation plan and is funded with highway funding rather than stimulus funds. Just to the south of Gem Bridge, the Gem Curve project is also on the county’s long-range transportation plan, but is not part of the scope of work for the Gem Bridge replacement. Callahan- Henry told the “News” that the Gem Curve Project is scheduled to be let in December 2012, with work scheduled to begin in spring 2013.