YEAGERTOWN - The Derry Township Board of Supervisors heard results of a bridge assessment report for the three township-owned bridges during a meeting Monday night.
Lucas Parkes, of the EADS Group, spoke about the condition of each bridge which was discovered and cataloged during a countywide bridge inspection and inventory program.
"For this inspection, we looked at bridges that were 20 feet or longer," Parkes said. "Out of the 49 bridges in Mifflin County, three are owned by you (Derry Township) and overall the three of them are in good condition."
Parkes continued to say the bridges were assessed and then rated zero through five for different condition testing, with zero meaning it needs immediate attention. The two bridges in good condition are on Old Park Road, over Hungry Run, and Commons Boulevard, over Buck Run. Parkes said the inspection yielded no real maintenance, but said the bridges have some cracks in the vertical abutments that will need to be monitored until the next bridge inspection in 2015.
"We took a lot of photos, so in two years when we inspect these bridges again we will be able to see how these cracks changed and if they are now causing a problem," Parkes said.
The third bridge owned by the township is on Nolan Drive, which according to Parkes, has some immediate problems that needs attention. Some of the repairs are as easy as taking epoxy glue to some of the cracks, while others could be affecting the structural integrity of the bridge.
"This bridge is a concrete box style bridge," Parkes explained. "This bridge has a space between the round steel beam and the concrete style boxes. In this space, water can get in and corrode the metal beam and then the bridge could collapse."
Parkes continued, saying the bridge currently is not showing signs that water is in the space, but it does need to be monitored. He also said even though this is a township-owned bridge, if the supervisors need assistance with repairs, and if they applied for help with PennDot, the bridge will be higher on their list for repairs and help. This is due to other bridges built like this collapsing in the state.
Also discussed at the meeting was the finalization of the Tree Donation Program at Kishacoquillas Park. The supervisors said the program is part of the tree replacement project which has been put in place due to the ash borer bug destroying the ash trees at the park. The program will allow residents to purchase trees in honor of a loved one for any reason. Trees can be purchased at $150 and it will be planted and maintained by the Derry Township Maintenance Department. The resident purchasing the tree will also receive a certificate with the name of the person being honored and a tree memorial number. Donation forms and more information can be obtained at the Derry Township Office. Due to the winter weather the date for planting the trees has yet to be determined and the supervisors are still obtaining prices from nurseries to purchase the trees.
The following was also discussed at the meeting:
Approved a park use application for both the Mifflin-Juniata Area Agency on Aging and the Relay for Life
Will reimburse a resident for mailbox damage caused by a snow plow
Will reimburse a resident on Pinewood Road for damage to a light post caused by a snow plow
The Derry Township Board of Supervisors meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month at the Derry Township Office.