The Lycoming County commissioners are expected today to approve a reimbursement agreement with the state Department of Transportation that will clear the way for the county to receive state and federal funds associated with the renovation of a covered bridge in Lairdsville.
Work on the bridge, which spans Little Muncy Creek and is one of three such bridges owned by the county, has been completed, Mark Murawski, county transportation planner, said Wednesday during the commissioners work session.
The cost of the project was more than $1.3 million, Murawski said. The reimbursement agreement will provide the county with a final $100,000 installment toward that cost, which was covered entirely by federal and state funds, he said.
"The project basically involved a comprehensive rehabilitation of the bridge," he said. "Two-thirds of the bridge is new."
Renovations included the installation of a new foundation, a new metal roof and new side boards, Murawski said.
Murawski said Lycoming Supply, which was the contractor that worked on the bridge, "did a very good job" on the project.
The three county-owned bridges are the only covered bridges left in the county, Murawski said. The other two bridges, which are in Buttonwood and Buckhorn, already have been renovated.
According to Murawski, work on the Lairdsville Bridge commenced just in time. Much of it was completed when the flooding from Tropical Storm Lee hit the area in September.
Had that work not been done, the bridge probably would have been destroyed, Murawski said.
Some components of the bridge, which had not been installed when the flooding occurred, were washed downstream. Most of the components were recovered, Murawski said.
The cost of reassembling the components was covered by federal Highway Administration funds, he said.
In other business, the commissioners will consider a slight increase in the fee for zoning services to the 17 municipalities that are members of the county Zoning Partnership.
The proposed increase is from $1.25 to $1.50 per capita, according to Kurt Hausammann Jr., director of the county Department of Planning and Community Development.
Hausammann said the 2012 Census revealed population drops in some county municipalities. Those drops meant less revenue for zoning, Hausammann said.
Even with the increase, partner municipalities are getting a good deal on zoning services because the county still is covering about 60 percent of the cost to provide the service, he said.