New Sheridan Street bridge project to start this summer

A new bridge soon will be seen on Sheridan Street over Millers Run.

At their meeting Tuesday night, Loyalsock Township supervisors voted 4-0 to award a $773,810 bridge construction contract to Nestle Road Contracting. The firm now is working on the Warrensville Road bridge.

Supervisor John Bower abstained from the vote.

“We’ve been working on this for years,” township Manager Bill Burdett said. “PennDOT has a 10-year capital projects plan, and we were always about at year 10 on that list.”

Eighty percent of the cost will be paid by the Federal Highway Administration and 15 percent will be paid by the state Department of Transportation, leaving the township to pick up the remaining tab.

“This is a summer project,” Burdett said, “which is the good news. The bad news is it will be an inconvenience to us and our residents for a time. But it’ll be worth it – the bridge will be wider, it’ll have a bike path on one side and a sidewalk on the other. And, it’ll be safer.”

In other business, supervisors approved putting $10,889 from state liquid fuels funds toward this year’s oil-and-chip contract.

The board also, at a short meeting held before its annual road tour last month, approved the purchase of a new 2013 John Deere backhoe, which will cost the township $47,698 after trading in its old backhoe.

Parks and Recreation Director Shannon Lukowsky said a new waterslide and roof have been installed at the pool.

“We’ve already been getting a lot of calls about (the slide),” she said. “I’m anticipating revenue will be up this year at the pool because of it.”

Burdett told the board that bureaucratic wrangling is holding up the transfer of the Army Reserve Center to the township and school district.

“We’ve had letters in hand from the National Parks Service and the Department of Education since 2008, saying we can go ahead with (the transfer). Now I get an email that says, ‘We have to do some paperwork to make sure they’re OK with that.’ “

Though no date is certain yet, Burdett told the board he thinks the transfer still will happen by the end of the summer.