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Lower Swatara, Londonderry townships receive grant money for bridge work

By David Barr davidbarr@pressandjournal.com
Posted 8/9/17

More than $1.3 million worth of infrastructure projects will be coming to the Lower Swatara and Londonderry townships.

The Dauphin County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously July 26 to …

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Lower Swatara, Londonderry townships receive grant money for bridge work

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More than $1.3 million worth of infrastructure projects will be coming to the Lower Swatara and Londonderry townships.

The Dauphin County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously July 26 to approve $4.3 million worth of improvements in Lower Swatara, Londonderry and Derry Townships. The projects will be financed through loans distributed by the Dauphin County Infrastructure Bank, a program created to offer low-interest loans to municipalities for the purpose of infrastructure projects that wouldn’t be completed otherwise.

Lower Swatara is receiving $1,149,000 to repair bridges on Highland Street and Richardson Road near Summit Ridge Drive. Specifically, plans call for installing new, precast, reinforced concrete steel box culvert structures at both locations.

Lower Swatara Township engineer Erin Letavic said it would take some time before the township actually receives the money, with her likening the process to obtaining a mortgage for a house, so it could be a couple of months until action begins.

The schedule calls for a total of 78 weeks to be spent on the project, but Letavic said some portions of the schedule could overlap, which would reduce the total amount of time spent on these bridges.

Londonderry will receive $165,000 to replace the Swatara Creek Road bridge. Similar to Lower Swatara Township, Londonderry officials will install a new concrete box culvert structure. The projected cost for the Londonderry project is $370,000, with the remaining $265,000 coming in through gaming grants.

This comes on the heels of other bridge projects in the township. These projects include bridge work on Round Top, Foxianna, Braeburn, Hollendale, and Beagle roads. All the aforementioned bridges were examined in 2009 and determined which ones needed the most attention first.

“This was the next bridge on our list to be repaired,” township manager Steve Letavic said.

Examining the township’s bridges and ranking them was a way of being proactive, rather than reactive, should an unforeseen circumstance arise, according to Letavic.

“It’s nice to be a part of something when you’re planning ahead,” Letavic said.

Letavic did not have a specific start or end date for the project, but he estimated it would be completed next summer.

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