Montco of­fi­cials ap­prove 19 bridge projects

En­gi­neer­ing, in­spec­tion con­tracts ap­proved; online map to track progress

The Phoenix - - NEWS - By Eric Devlin ede­vlin@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @Eric_Devlin on Twit­ter

NORRISTOWN » Mont­gomery County will be mov­ing for­ward on 19 bridge projects af­ter com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved cor­re­spond­ing con­tracts and ad­ver­tise­ments re­cently. The county also in­tro­duced a new online in­ter­ac­tive map that will al­low the pub­lic to see the progress be­ing­made on county-owned bridges.

“We want our res­i­dents to know that the county is work­ing ev­ery day to make their roads safer, their neigh­bor­hoods more ac­ces­si­ble and their com­mutes more ef­fi­cient,” said Chair­woman Val Arkoosh. “That is why we have in­vested in 35 ac­tive bridge projects, and a map that shows res­i­dents our progress.”

The mea­sures taken at the meet­ing al­low seven bridges to­move into the en­gi­neer­ing phase and ready nine more for con­struc­tion. The three ad­ver­tise- ments for re­quests for pro­pos­als will al­low the county to move for­ward on those bridges once the bid­ding process is com­plete, ac­cord­ing to the county.

The in­ter­ac­tive map, at no cost to tax­pay­ers, is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Mont­gomery County Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and the Depart­ment of As­sets and In­fra­struc­ture to con­ve­niently keep the pub­lic upto-date on the progress of bridges that are owned by the county. It can be viewed online at mont­­info.

“By ac­cess­ing this map, con­stituents will be able to see whether bridges are open or closed, or posted for spe­cific weight re­stric­tions,” said Chris Smith, di­rec­tor of as­sets and in­fra­struc­ture. “They’ll be able to click on an in­di­vid­ual project and see the sta­tus of the project.”

Since 2012, the county has com­pleted 15 bridge projects. In ad­di­tion, there are now 35 ac­tive bridge projects. The fund­ing for four of the en­gi­neer­ing con­tracts and two more that are be­ing ad­ver­tised comes from the $5 Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Reg­is­tra­tion Fee, amea­sure passed 2 -1 by com­mis­sion­ers in Septem­ber 2016, ac­cord­ing to the county.

The fee, which the com­mis­sion­ers were able to en­act through the trans­porta­tion fund­ing bill Act 89, has brought an an­tic­i­pated $3.3 mil­lion in ded­i­cated fund­ing for in­fra­struc­ture to the county for 2017, ac­cord­ing to the county. It will have a clearer idea of how much it is ac­tu­ally col­lect­ing in fund­ing later this year. When asked if the county was spend­ing money it didn’t have, Arkoosh said no.

“In 2012, the county was faced with 62 struc­turally de­fi­cient bridges be­cause pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tions did not want to spend the money to fix them. The $5 mo­tor ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion fee has proved to be a suc­cess­ful fund­ing method to move our ag­ing in­fra­struc­ture into the fu­ture,” she said.

Be­low are the de­tails for the bridge projects that were voted for­ward dur­ing Thurs­day’s meet­ing. The ones funded by the $5 fee are marked with an as­ter­isk.

En­gi­neer­ing Con­tracts Ap­proved

• Bridge #38, More­land Av­enue over Pen­ny­pack Creek in Hat­boro ($275,277.00) Traf­fic Plan­ning & De­sign Inc. of Pottstown (Retro Re­im­burse­ment 80/20)

• Bridge #119, Davis Grove Road over Park Creek in Hor­sham Town­ship ($287,851) Whit­ney Bai­ley Cox & Mag­nani of King of Prus­sia (Fund­ing: $5 fee)*

• Bridge #150, Camp Wawa Road over East Branch Perkiomen Creek in Lower Sal­ford Town­ship ($299,971.04) Gan­nett Flem­ing, Inc. of Audubon (Fund­ing: $5 fee)*

• Bridge #163, Lutheran Road over Min­is­ter Creek in New Hanover Town­ship ($248,431.78) Bergmann As­so­ciates of Con­shohocken (Fund­ing: $5 fee)*

• Bridge #177, Sterigere Street over Stony Creek in Norristown ($300,510.46) RK&K of King of Prus­sia (Fund­ing: $5 fee)*

• Bridge #262, Moyer Road over East Branch of Perkiomen Creek in Up­per Sal­ford Town­ship ($271,380.40) Michael Baker In­ter­na­tional of Fort Washington (Retro Re­im­burse­ment 80/20)

• Bridge #274, Henry Road over West Perkiomen Creek in Dou­glass Town­ship ($124,100.00) Lar­son De­sign Group Inc. of Wil­liamsport (Fund­ing: Cap­i­tal Bud­get)

Con­struc­tion In­spec­tion Con­tracts Ap­proved

• Bridge #8, Mor­ris Av­enue over Mill Creek in Lower Merion Town­ship ($99,931.00) Traf­fic Plan­ning & De­sign Inc. of Pottstown (Fund­ing: Act 13)

• Bridge #206, Pa­per Mill Road over Perkiomen Creek in Dou­glass Town­ship ($135,801.88) Stan­tec Con­sult­ing Ser­vices of Ply­mouth Meet­ing (Fund­ing: Cap­i­tal Bud­get)

• Bridge #122, Ru­pert Road over Harten­s­tine Creek in Lower Potts­grove Town­ship ($62,801.70) Pen­noni As­so­ciates Inc. of King of Prus­sia (Fund­ing: Cap­i­tal Bud­get)

• Bridge #224, Rit­ten­house Road over Skip­pack Creek in Towa­mencin Town­ship ($51,000.00) Rem­ing­ton, Ver­nick & Beach Engi­neers of Con­shohocken (Fund­ing: Act 13)

• Con­tract for three bridges (Hourly rate of $68.16/hour) Ar­mand Cor­po­ra­tion of Philadel­phia:

•Bridge #4, Con­shohocken State Road over Mill Creek (Fund­ing: Cap­i­tal Bud­get)

•Bridge #7, Black Rock Road over Mill Creek (Fund­ing: Act 13)

• Bridge #9, Old Gulph Road over Mill Creek (Fund­ing: Act 13)

• Bridge #231, Peevy Road over Perkiomen Creek in Up­per Hanover Town­ship ($149,885.00) Traf­fic Plan­ning & De­sign Inc. of Pottstown (Fund­ing: Act 89)

• Bridge #268, Eas­ton Road over Ta­cony Creek in Chel­tenham Town­ship ($117,985.00) Traf­fic Plan­ning & De­sign Inc. of Pottstown (Fund­ing: Retro Re­im­burse­ment 80/20)

En­gi­neer­ing Ad­ver­tise­ments

• Re­quest for pro­pos­als for en­gi­neer­ing Bridge #207, Lud­wig Road in New Hanover Town­ship (Fund­ing: $5 fee)*

• Re­quest for pro­pos­als for en­gi­neer­ing Bridge #296, Rostkowski Road in Up­per Sal­ford Town­ship (Fund­ing: $5 fee)*

Con­struc­tion In­spec­tion Ad­ver­tise­ments

• Re­quest for pro­pos­als for con­struc­tion in­spec­tion for Bridge #243, Old Read­ing Pike in West Potts­grove Town­ship (Fund­ing: Act 13)

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