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Cumberland County will advertise a planned weight reduction on Roush Bridge in Dickinson Township, from the current 33 tons to a weight limit of nine tons.

The reduction is needed after county inspectors “discovered ongoing deterioration to the bridge’s beams,” according to a news release from the county commissioners.

Cars, small delivery vans and most ambulances will still be able to use the bridge, according to the county, while school buses and larger emergency vehicles will have to detour until a new bridge is built.

Roush Bridge, which carries North Dickinson School Road over the Yellow Breeches Creek, is expected to be replaced by the end of 2021 at a cost of around $1 million, according to the county.

The county should not have any more structurally deficient bridges by the end of the 2021, other than limited-use historic structures, under a plan that involves the county borrowing $5 million from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank to move up the timeline on several projects, including Roush Bridge.

PIB funds will be repaid to the state with money from the county’s $5 per vehicle registration fee add-on, which is dedicated to the county’s infrastructure improvement program.

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The county has 28 bridges either fully or partially under its jurisdiction, most of which have undergone significant work since 2013, when a state infrastructure bill appropriated additional gas tax funding and allowed counties to collect additional vehicle registration fees, which Cumberland began doing in 2015.

The $5 million loan arrangement will also cover the Burgner and Stonewall bridges, under the plan detailed in July.

The replacement of Orr’s Bridge in Hampden Township, the county’s highest-traffic bridge, is underway at a total cost of around $7.5 million.

Wolf Bridge in Middlesex Township, a roughly $3.5 million project, is expected to receive construction bids this fall for completion by fall of 2020.

Kunkle Bridge in South Middleton Township is also expected to be bid for construction by the end of this year, with a $2 million appropriation from PennDOT covering most of the cost. The county cut Kunkle Bridge’s weight limit in 2018, and again this June, due to structural concerns.

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Cumberland County/Investigative Reporter

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