Historic Bridge Moving To Lazybrook Park In Tunkhannock
TUNKHANNOCK TWP. — It’s been nearly four years since Tunkhannock Twp. spent $500 for a bridge that modern traffic left behind.
Come next week, the old lenticular truss bridge that spanned the Tunkhannock Creek in Nicholson Twp. for nearly 135 years will find a new home 6 miles downstream at Lazybrook Park.
“I’ll believe it when I see it,” joked Randy White. He, along with Supervisor Glenn Shupp, expected the bridge in its new home in 2015, and then in 2016. The date was pushed back so many times, many eventually doubted the plan to add a historical touch to the much-used recreational park would ever materialize.
The time has come, roadmaster Ken White said Monday. Crews have been pounding away at abutments recently to ready for the bridge’s arrival.
Originally built in 1881, the bridge was closed in 2005 due to structural deficiencies. Because it was one of only four lenticular truss bridges still existing in Pennsylvania, it became a magnet for Federal Highway Administration funds set aside for historical projects.
The bridge was part of a $3 million federal package; two-thirds of those funds were used to build a replacement highway bridge on Route 1029 in Nicholson Twp.
The rest went to rehabilitate the 113-foot bridge. When it crosses a flood-relief channel at Lazybrook Park where it will serve as a footbridge, it will look exactly like it did when it was brand new 137 years ago.
At the time the project went out for bids, consulting engineers McCormick Taylor proposed to remove, dismantle, restore, relocate and reassemble the bridge. The general contractor for the project has been Kriger Construction of Dickson City, with the historic restoration subcontractor Bach Steel of Holt, Michigan.
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