From left to right, Dave Gunsallus; Lycoming County Transportation Planning Supervisor John Lavelle; Lycoming County Commissioners Rick Mirabito and Tony Musssare; Lycoming County Transportation Planner Mark Murawski; Lycoming County Commissioner Jack McKernan; Associated Pennsylvania Contractors director Jason Wagner; and PennDOT District 3-0 Executive Sandra Tosca, PE
Larson Design Group (LDG)’s Bridge Design and Construction Inspection Departments were recognized recently for transforming the structurally deficient Lycoming County Bridge No. 106, located in McIntyre Township, into a new, safe and efficient crossing of Lycoming Creek for the traveling public.
The Pennsylvania Highway Information Association awarded the $2.23 million project with its 2019 County Commissioners Association of PA (CCAP) Award, which recognizes projects undertaken by Pennsylvania’s counties. The previous Bridge No. 106, which was the only feasible point of entry to the Sheshequin Campground, had not only become structurally deficient since its construction more than 50 years ago, but made maneuvering motorhomes and RVs in and out of the campground difficult due to a narrow curb-to-curb width.
The new bridge, located 50 feet upstream of the original structure, features a new curb-to-curb width of 32 feet – more than enough for driving RVs in and out of the campground – and includes a larger parking area for fishermen, kayakers and swimmers. Because the new alignment had required the removal of all but the largest trees in the project’s footprint, the project included the live stake planting of 50 trees that will help stabilize Lycoming Creek’s bank.
“Congratulations to Lycoming County on the completion of their last major bridge replacement of their county-owned bridges,” said Dave Gunsallus II, PE, Director of LDG’s Department of Bridge Design. “This is a critical project for county residents that LDG was proud to be a part of and bring to a safe, efficient conclusion.”
Founded in 1986, Larson Design Group is a national architecture, engineering and survey firm with 11 offices in four states and a vision to elevate client relationships, enrich the careers and lives of its employee-owners, and enhance the communities in which it operates. LDG’s Transportation Division offers bridge inspection, surveying, construction inspection and highway, bridge and traffic design services. For more information, visit www.larsondesigngroup.com.