Commissioners Award At-Risk Bridge Funds

CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield County Commissioners recently solicited applications from local municipalities for projects to repair or replace municipality-owned structurally deficient bridges.

Projects were going to be completed with the county’s Act 13 At-Risk Bridge funding. Only bridges with a scope of work that removed the structural deficient status were considered, said Jodi Brennan, county planning director.

Act 13of 2012 established a Marcellus Legacy Fund that allocates a portion of the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee to the Highway Bridge Improvement Restricted Account in the Motor License Fund.

These funds are distributed to counties and are to be used to fund the replacement or repair of locally-owned, at-risk, deteriorated bridges. Funds are distributed to counties proportionately based on population, Brennan said.

According to her, the county received a total of 14 applications for the At-Risk Bridge Funds. The applicants requested a total of $747,000, and the amount available was only $357,740.

Brennan said projects were reviewed and ranked upon meeting eligibility requirements, amount of funding leverage, community impact, level of project support and collaboration and timeliness.

Brennan announced the following projects were selected to receive At-Risk Bridge Funds:

  • DuBois City/Beaver Drive over McCracken Run, $100,000
  • Brady Township/Kellar Road over East Branch of Mahoning, $59,500
  • Greenwood Township/Route 420 over Curry Run, $100,000
  • Lawrence Township/Flegal Road over Moose Creek, $98,240

The commissioners voted, 3-0, to approve the award of the At-Risk Bridge Funds.

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