DEFIANCE — A two-lane bridge near the Six Mile Run American Legion Post is scheduled for replacement sometime in 2020. The Broad Top Township-owned bridge was the topic of discussion during the March township meeting held recently in Defiance.
The upcoming bridge replacement project will be funded by state and township money, the supervisors said.
Still in the preliminary design stage, the bridge project will involve the replacement of an existing, two-lane steel beam span that carries Cold Spring Road over the Six Mile Run stream.
Once the design work is completed, probably later this year, bids will be sought for a contractor to remove the existing bridge and construct a new one, noted township Secretary Dave Thomas.
In preparation for the project, the township supervisors unanimously approved Keller Engineering Inc. as the design engineer for the Cold Spring Bridge project, subject to state transportation department review and approval. The supervisors ranked three candidates for the engineering contract.
Also, under the roadmaster report, township roadmaster Don Hedge announced as of March 1, the municipality received $206,732 in state liquid fuel and turnback allocation money.
Turning to other matters, it was reported that the township is moving ahead with planning for the use of the former Defiance Elementary School.
In early February, the township relocated its offices from a nearby building (former Catholic church which once served the Defiance/Six Mile Run area) into the school property with plans to make the structure available for multi-public use purposes. The supervisors continue to work with the Center for Community Action (CCA) in the search for funding to support a proposed senior housing project for the old school.
In a related matter, the supervisors thanked a citizen inventory committee for inventorying school items left when the Tussey Mountain School District turned over the school to the township.
The supervisors have also set up a meeting with the Bedford County Commissioners to discuss potential use of available school space.
In his construction project manager report Hedge Jr. stated that construction on a sewage treatment system is slated for start-up in Sherman Valley, adding that planning for a sewage treatment system for a few properties in the Cypher Beach area is being studied. The projects are being funded through Bedford County Community Development Block Grant monies awarded the township last year.
The supervisors also learned that clearing and grubbing continues at an acid mine drainage remediation site just off Route 915/State Game Lands, east of Hopewell with plans in the hopper to open bids for the placement of geo liner materials on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 2.
In other matters the supervisors:
—Reported that an on-lot sewer system along Dudley Road needs repaired noting that if a new filter tank is required, a Part II permit will have to be secured through the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
—Heard from a township resident who expressed thanks to the supervisors for keeping the township road in good condition during the winter months.