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Pine Hill Road Bridge near Carter Camp re-opened. …Causer announces grant for Bradford Public Library…Coudersport officials looking for someone to serve on municipal authority board..Police and DCNR personnel investigating string of burglaries in Tioga County…Wellsville passenger hurt when motorcycle collides head-on with a deer in Ulysses Township…Both drivers charged after Tioga County collision….Port Allegany couple arrested on drug charges……
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A Route 44 (Pine Hill Road) bridge, spanning Kettle Creek near the village of Carter Camp in Potter County, reopened to traffic on Wednesday, September 19. This bridge was replaced as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. With the bridge reopened, motorists may notice a slight bump as they drive across the bridge until a polyester polymer concrete (PPC) overlay is applied to the deck. This is often the final step in completing box beam bridge projects. The PPC overlay is designed to protect the deck from the wear and tear brought about by Pennsylvania’s harsh winters and reduce the long-term maintenance costs.
The polyester material can only be applied when temperatures are consistently above 40 degrees, dry weather is forecasted and after the bridge concrete has cured for at least 30 days. An alternating traffic pattern will be controlled by flaggers when the PPC overlay is applied in September.
To find out when the overlay will be applied to this structure, visit www.parapidbridges.com/polyesterpolymerconcreteoverlay.html. In the event of unfavorable weather, this schedule may change. Any such changes will be posted on the website.
This bridge is referred to as JV-80 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project. Replacement work for this bridge was performed by C.P. Ward,Inc. of Scottsville, NY.
The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.
To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.p3forpa.pa.gov. Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be found at www.parapidbridges.com or by calling the project hotline at 877-444-9990 or email email@example.com.
Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) has announced a $45,440 grant has been awarded to the Bradford Area Public Library.
The grant will be used to renovate two public restrooms into three, replace all fixtures and meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.
Keystone grants are competitive grants funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. Grants of up to $750,000 may be used for planning, acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public libraries, and must be matched dollar-for-dollar with local funds.
Coudersport Borough Council and Coudersport Area Municipal Authority are seeking a Coudersport Borough resident to fill a vacated seat on the CAMA board. Interested Borough residents should send or drop off a letter of interest to the Borough office, 201 South West Street by 4:00 pm on Monday, September 24, 2018.
State police at Mansfield, Montoursville and the Department of Conserrvation and Natural Resources are looking for criminals who have committed several burglaries in Tioga County over the past couple of months. Burglars kicked open the back door of a camper owned by 71 year old Thomas Hollenbaugh of Westfield sometime between August 1 and 31 and stole a black 32” Visio flat screen TV with remote valued at $330.00.The camper was parked at 349 Knox Road in Deerfield Township. Burglars kicked in the doors of multiple campers in the Leetonia area of Elk Township September 1 or 2 and stole weapons, alcohol, hunting equipment and various other items. A few of the victims have been identified. They are Richard Zimmerman of Marysville, PA; Roland Paronish of Cambria, PA Harold Bucher of Lebanon, PA and Brian Bucher of Harrisburg, PA. Anyone who has information about this string of burglaries is asked to call the Mansfield State Police barracks at 570-662.2151.
A passenger on a motorcycle was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when the bike collided head on with a deer on the Brookland Road in Ulysses Township. According to Coudersport based state police, Todd Moyer of Wellsville, NY was operating Chieftan Limited northbound at around 5:00 pm when the collision occurred. Police said he was unable to avoid hitting the deer and he and his wife, Tamara, were thrown off upon impact. Moyer was treated at UPMC Cole for minor injuries while Mrs. Moyer was life-flighted to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for treatment of serious injuries. Both were wearing helmets at the time.
Another Wellsville resident escaped injury Thursday morning in a car/deer collision. Walter Nary was headed south on Route 449 at about 5:45 am when his Chevrolet Silverado hit a deer whch bounded on the highway from the southbound lane.
An elderly Port Allegany woman was hurt Wednesday evening in a one-vehicle accident I Liberty Township, McKean County. Troopers at kane report 72 year old Anna DeHaven was headed east on Wildwood Road when her Ponitac Bonneville crossed the center line, went off the road, struck a ditch and became airborne. Dehave was transported by Roulette Ambulance to UPMC Cole for treatment of minor injuries.
Both drivers have been charged for a collision Monday afternoon in Sullivan Township, Tioga County. Involving an pick up truck and tractor. State police explained the collision happened when Donald Bentley of Mainesburg pulled his Kubota B3200 from a grassy area on the east side of the Mainesburg Road in front of a Toyota Tundra driven by Zachary Andrews of Mansfield. The pick up collided with the front loading bucket on the tractor and Bently was thrown onto the pavement upon impact. He was taken by Blossburg ambulance to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Andrews was not hurt. Bently was cited for improperly entering highway while Andrews was arrested for speeding.
Minor injuries were reported for an Elkland woman whose car rolled over on Route 49 in Nelson Township Tuesday night. Diana Kibbe was traveling west when her Chevrolet Aveo went off the road, struck a wooden fence post, then went into a ditch where it overturned coming to rest on the driver’s side Kibbe was taken by ambulance to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.
State police at Kane have arrested a Port Allegany couple for drug possession after stopping their car in Liberty Township Sunday afternoon for a traffic violation. Police said the found the 35 year old man driving under the influence and in possession of drug paraphernalia. His 30 year old female passenger was also allegedly found in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Two children, a 14 year old girl and a 12 year old boy were riding in the 1998 Chevrolet at the time. Police say charges are pending lab results and we presume the suspects’ names will be released when charges are filed.