Plans to replace Brownshill Road Bridge in O'Hara move forward
Brownshill Road Bridge in O'Hara isn't slated to be rebuilt for several years but council is now moving forward with plans.
Township Engineer Chuck Steinert said council will this month seek engineering and design proposals for the concrete bridge that sits off Saxonburg Boulevard.
“It's all for budget's sake,” he said. “Council has been putting money aside, so while we have the money we should get the plans and figure out how much it will cost.”
The bridge is expected to be replaced in 2017.
Steinert said the life expectancy of the concrete and steel bridge is nearing its finish. It is a maintenance hassle each year during inspections, he said.
“The past few inspection cycles we've done repairs,” he said. “We spend $10,000 to $12,000 every time.”
The new bridge will necessitate a realignment of a portion of the road to make it wide enough to fit two vehicles. The existing bridge is narrow and has room for only one vehicle to cross it at a time.
“One car has to wait for the other to go across,” Steinert said.
Steinert said council has been socking away $50,000 a year in recent budgets to save for the cost of the reconstruction.
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Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or email@example.com.
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