Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Trail Narrows

On the way back from work along the Eliza Furnace Trail, there were several construction signs warning "Trail Work Ahead" and "Trail Narrows". That means that construction on the Hot Metal Bridge has begun.

For a while there it looked like it was going to put off for another year. The contracting bids had all come in $2 Million over the target $7 Million but they looked at what those overbids were actually for (increased materials costs, gas prices) and decided that it was the best they were going to get. PenDOT moved some money around, delayed some other projects and came up with the funds for the project to go ahead.

Hopefully they are able to manage the construction without closing the trail completely. They were able to do that with some Parkway East retaining wall reinforcement work they did a few years back so prospects look good.

Construction was supposed to begin in July with the potential to be completed by the end of next year. The two month delay will probably push it to Spring of 2008.

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