Ludlow bridge is on state ‘high priority’ list

LUDLOW – The South Hillside Avenue bridge in Ludlow is considered a “high priority” for maintenance.This is the label listed for the bridge in a report from inspectors for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).Hamilton Township, owner of the bridge, now is under the gun to make repairs as early as this month, according to the report.C.C. Johnson & Malhorta (CCJM), an engineering firm from Camp Hill, issued the critical report after inspecting the bridge that crosses Two Mile Run.South Hillside Avenue is near the Ludlow Post Office on the west end of town.CCJM inspected the South Hillside Avenue bridge as part of its agreement with PennDOT.In its report, CCJM said the inspectors “observed that the overall condition of the steel beams continues to worsen.” The inspectors said four beams “have holes rusted through.”CCJM has recommended the “repair or maintenance” of four beams “prior to blast cleaning and painting the superstructure.”CCJM issued the report earlier this year and noted that the bridge is a “high priority maintenance activity requiring action to be taken within six months.”“Hamilton Township is responsible for all maintenance activities associated with this structure,” CCJM said in its report. The engineers said the state “may take the necessary action to ensure the safety of the motoring public” if the township “fails to take appropriate actions.”“The bridge owner (Hamilton Township) has an overall obligation to ensure that its structure does not present an unacceptable safety risk to the public,” CCJM said in its report.The bridge currently has a 12-ton weight limit, according to signs at the location.The township Board of Supervisors discussed the bridge issue at its meeting Monday at the township building.Becky Davidson, one of the three supervisors and the secretary-treasurer for the township, said she is attempting to secure “quotes” for the bridge repairs.If the proposals from contractors exceed certain limits, the township may need to seek competitive bids for the work, Davidson said.A cost estimate has not been given for the work.In other business at the 16-minute meeting, the supervisors:*Received notice that the township this year will receive $109,857.88 as its annual share of revenue from timber sales in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF).Read the full article by purchasing the June 6 edition of The Kane Republican.Hamilton Township Board of SupervisorsWhen:  Monday, July 9Time:  9 a.m.Where: Township Building, Ludlow