The Bradford County commissioners participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 29 to mark the official opening of Bridge #11 over Pratts Mill Road in Canton Township. The bridge has been closed since it collapsed during a high water event in 2017.
The event marks more than just the re-opening of an important county bridge. It is also the first of eight bridges and box culverts being replaced via the Bradford County Bridge Bundling Project. Using Act 13 impact fees, the county is rebuilding key pieces of the county bridge inventory and addressing the transportation needs at a time when traditional bridge replacement funding sources are limited.
The Commissioners, working with Larson Design Group and county planning director Matt Williams, created a unique bridge bundling program that will maximize our ability to replace and repair our most at-risk bridges. By bidding bridge projects as bundles, the county is projected to save more than $2-million in project cost and will fix eight bridges in less than two years.
The commissioners expressed their gratitude to Larson Design Group for their hard work in design and project management and Susquehanna Valley Construction Company for keeping the project on schedule and on budget.