The April History Coffee Hour at the Thomas T. Taber Museum will feature Mark Murawski, Lycoming County Transportation Planner, who will give an informative presentation on covered bridges in Lycoming County.
The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. April 14 in the museum, 858 W. Fourth St. Murawski will discuss the historical significance of the three covered bridges near the villages of Buttonwood, White Pine and Lairdsville. The bridges are listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Using a PowerPoint slide presentation, Murawski will reveal known historical records about the original bridge builders, bridge construction dates, bridge design types and their overall functional purpose.
Murawski also will outline the measures the county recently has taken to rehabilitate and preserve these covered bridges for future generations to enjoy.
The Lairdsville covered bridge rehabilitation project that will be under construction in 2011 will be highlighted so that meeting participants can learn about the extensive process involved to restore these historic structures, including the nature of repairs, project schedules, funding sources and the historic review process that must be followed as required by the PA Historical and Museum Commission.
Finally, Murawski will outline the overall funding challenges that Pennsylvania is facing to save the remaining covered bridges in the commonwealth and to properly maintain our overall transportation infrastructure.
Murawski has served as the Lycoming County Transportation Planner for the past 24 years and has been instrumental in advancing numerous transportation projects throughout the Northcentral Pennsylvania region. Murawski serves on 21 transportation related committees at the state, regional and local level including president of the Route 15 Coalition, chairman of the Williamsport Regional Airport Authority, chairman of the Northcentral PA Transit Task Force, vice chairman of the PA Aviation Advisory Committee and is a board member of the PA Highway Information Association.
Most recently, Murawski managed the successful completion of the Susquehanna Riverwalk project.