Council Considering Rose Siding Road Bridge Replacement Project

BROOKVILLE BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – At Tuesday’s meeting, the Brookville Borough Council discussed the possible future replacement of the Rose Siding Road Bridge.

According to Borough Manager Dana Schreckengost, the Rose Siding Road Bridge, the only bridge the borough owns, is in need of a major update, and PennDOT has grants that could help with the replacement.

“Our engineers brought it to our attention that right now PennDOT is being very favorable in some multi-modal grant opportunities, and the engineers feel that the Rose Siding Road Bridge would be a good opportunity for this grant,” Schreckengost said.

However, the PennDOT grant would require that the borough pay for engineering and construction up front, then be reimbursed by PennDOT for the construction costs. The PennDOT grant would not cover the engineering costs.

The cost is estimated at $100,000.00 to $150,000.00 for the construction cost and $15,000.00 to $30,000.00 for the engineering cost.

“We do not necessarily have that amount of engineering in the budget,” she noted.

Borough Council President Phil Hynes noted there have been complaints about the bridge from residents.

“There’s several residences down there that were not getting garbage service because the trucks couldn’t go over the weight limit. The bridge itself is in really bad shape, and it’s also being used a lot more than it was in the past because it’s a secondary access for the Redbank Valley Trail,” Hynes said.

“It’s getting to the point where they’re saying you can’t put a bandaid on it anymore, you just have to replace it,” noted Schreckengost.

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