Bergen County Bridge
Fairlawn/Patterson, NJ United States | 2009
In 2009, Moreland Township, a small rural community in northeastern Pennsylvania, received some disturbing news about one of its most historic bridges, the Little Muncy Creek Bridge. This unique pin-connected truss bridge was originally built in 1904 by the Owego Bridge Company of Owego, New York. For over a century, the pin-connected truss bridge sat over the Little Muncy Creek, creating a path for local farm merchants to deliver fresh produce to town. The bridge received a superstructure condition rating of only a two out of a possible nine and was at that point deemed structurally deficient. As a result, the bridge was downgraded with weight restrictions until a suitable solution was determined.
Galvanizing the bridge would protect the steel from rust and corrosion for years to come.
In 2015, Moreland Township was granted a portion of Pennsylvania's $20 million fund to repair roads and bridges in Lycoming County. This was good news because the community had incurred tremendous cost throughout the years maintaining the original painted structure. They searched for more cost effective ways to maintain the township's pride and joy (The Little Muncy Creek Bridge) which they felt reflected the personality of the region.
Fortunately, J.D. Eckman, the awarded contractor, knew that galvanizing the bridge would protect the steel from rust and corrosion for years to come and that the durability of hot-dip galvanizing would help solve their ongoing maintenance costs. But the community wanted the original forest green color so a duplex system was specified. Work began in the spring of that year replacing not only the superstructure but the road bridge decking as well. The galvanizer worked closely with the fabricator who had responsibility to paint the final product. In the fall of 2015, the bridge was once again open for commerce, and the beautiful 113' long truss bridge stood proud, eloquently placed in the landscape of the Little Muncy Creek for decades to come.
Bridge & Highway
Moreland Township, PA United States
Aesthetics, Corrosion Performance, Life-Cycle Cost, Sustainability
Fabricated Structural Steel: Beams, Flat Bar, Angles, Channels<br />
Fabricated Bridge Deck: Open Grid Deck Panels
Pelet Welding, Inc.
Bailey Bridges, Inc.
J.D. Eckman, Inc.
Valmont Coatings - American Galvanizing
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