Two bridge projects in works for trail

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Users of the Montour Trail in Peters may soon have a safer alternative to crossing busy Valley Brook Road, with two major bridge construction projects slated to begin.

Mark Imgrund, president of the Peters Township Friends of the Montour Trail, briefed Peters council members Monday about the status of the projects.

The first project is a $400,000 bridge construction over Brush Run Creek, which would connect the trailhead with the former Montour Railroad right-of-way, near the sanitary authority plant. Mr. Imgrund said construction is expected to begin shortly after the holidays.

The second and larger project involves the construction of a 200-foot bridge over Valley Brook Road, which could cost as much as $2 million. That bridge would enable trail users to avoid crossing Valley Brook Road, though the span is required to meet certain specifications. It must be approved to handle a 30-ton load for maintenance vehicles and must be wide enough to accommodate a small ambulance, Mr. Imgrund said.

He said the Montour Trail Council may be able to shave several hundred thousand dollars off the cost by using a prefabricated bridge, such as the trail bridge that spans Clifton Road in Bethel Park, but council members weren't so sure.

"It's not very attractive," council member Frank Arcuri said of the Clifton Road bridge. "But who cares? I'm not going to be walking across it."

Mr. Imgrund said traffic restrictions likely would be in place along Valley Brook when construction on the second bridge begins next year. Township manager Michael Silvestri suggested the project could be completed at the same time as a major intersection overhaul at Valley Brook and Route 19, which is planned by the state Transportation Department next year. Traffic restrictions could be in place for as long as two years with that project.

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Janice Crompton: jcrompton@post-gazette.com or 412-851-1867.


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