Monday, February 20, 2012

DEP approves permit for Chestnut Street bridge

The state Department of Environmental Protection granted a permit for the borough to repair the Chestnut Street bridge, damaged in the flooding last September and closed to traffic ever since. You might remember a post late last year complaining about the delay.

Borough staff reported last Thursday night, at Borough Council's monthly business meeting, that DEP had just granted the permit that day. Construction should begin soon.

Borough Council initially had approved repairs totaling nearly $71,000 to the bridge. Because DEP told the borough the initial design was "inadequate," council approved a change order last week adding nearly $15,000 to the cost. That basically amounts to additional materials. The good news is that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will reimburse all the costs.

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