Several bridges leading into Spring Valley County Park are dilapidated and closed to traffic, but efforts to replace them are gaining momentum.
The 868-acre park, located in North Hopewell, Shrewsbury and Springfield townships, has more than a dozen miles of trails that hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers use.
Three bridges in North Hopewell Township could be torn down and rebuilt next year if a grant application is accepted, said Barry Myers, superintendant of buildings and grounds for the county parks department.
Local support: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to projects that encourage safe and reliable transportation.
“It saves taxpayer money — it’s a good program,” Myers said.
North Hopewell Township recently applied for the grant, requesting $250,000 to replace the three bridges. The application says the total project cost is $360,000 and that the township raised $110,000 in local matching funds.
The township committed $80,000 toward the project, and Shrewsbury Township contributed $10,000. County commissioners allocated $20,000 in Marcellus Shale Legacy Funds at last week’s meeting.
The application says in-kind support — including manpower and equipment — will be provided at an estimated value of $30,000 per bridge. Myers said the parks department’s bridge crew would help the township construct the bridges.
The grant application will be reviewed in September. If it is unsuccessful, the project won’t be able to proceed, he said.