Lycoming County Commissioners, State Rep. Garth Everett (R) and Lycoming County Transportation Supervisor Mark Murawski gathered with local officials and Larson Design Group leaders for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 14 to celebrate the opening of a new bridge on Pleasant Stream Road over Lycoming Creek in McIntyre Township. The new County Bridge No. 106 is 50 feet upstream of the original, which was built in 1937 and had become structurally deficient over years of use.
Larson served as design engineer and construction manager/inspector on the $2.2 million project, which faced numerous challenges related to traffic control during construction. With no long-term detour option available, the realignment of the new structure allowed traffic to be maintained through the project area by utilizing the existing bridge during construction.
“Our elected officials had foresight in not only replacing an old bridge but in making sure the process minimized disruption to the traveling public during construction,” said Stevan Wilver, P.E., LDG’s Vice President of Transportation. “The new bridge is a valuable asset to the community.”
This traffic control approach became even more significant after a stone masonry arch on nearby Upper Bodines Road was washed out during flooding in October 2015, making an existing bridge at Marsh Hill the only remaining access for area residents. The efficiency of the project’s traffic control plan helped it score a 97 out of 100 during a two-day review by the Federal Highway Administration (FWHA).