News: Springettsbury Township Wins Road & Bridge Award

April 22, 2015

Ginni Linn
PSATS Director of Communications
Cell: (717) 805-3588 (through April 23, 2015)
Office: (717) 763-0930, ext. 127 (after April 23, 2015)

Springettsbury Township Receives Honorable Mention
in Road and Bridge Safety Improvement Contest

Springettsbury Township in York County received an honorable mention in the 33rd Annual Road and Bridge Safety Improvement Contest, presented at the 93rd Annual Educational Conference of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) in Hershey April 19-22. The conference attracted attendees from every county in Pennsylvania except Philadelphia, which has no townships. Springettsbury Township was recognized for a culvert replacement project on Alpine Road.

The township association sponsors the statewide Road and Bridge Safety Improvement Contest each year in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association (PHIA) and the state Department of Transportation to recognize townships for their extensive contributions of time and effort in making roads and bridges safer.

The township undertook the project to address a badly deteriorated culvert that ran below Alpine Road. Following a storm, the road overlay began to fail, the metal culvert corroded, and the endwalls also began to fail, jeopardizing the road integrity at the site.

To properly repair the infrastructure, the township awarded bids to have the culvert replaced with a concrete pipe and the endwalls with a new system incorporating structural stone and geotextile fabric. The new walls are also wider, which necessitated the installation of new guide rail.

An open bidding process, rather than an emergency procurement, allowed for very competitive bids, which minimized the cost.

“The township was proactive and replaced the culvert before the situation escalated to emergency levels,” township manager Kristen Denne says. “The deteriorated condition was beginning to encroach on the roadway, which could have been a severe safety problem had it not been repaired.”

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The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors represents Pennsylvania’s 1,454 townships of the second class and is committed to preserving and strengthening township government and securing greater visibility and involvement for townships in the state and federal political arenas. Townships of the second class cover 95 percent of Pennsylvania’s land mass and represent more residents — 5.5 million — than any other type of political subdivision in the commonwealth.

Note: Kristen Denne, Springettsbury Township manager, is available at (717) 757-3521, ext. 421.