The New York-Pennsylvania Joint Interstate Bridge Commission approved capital construction and maintenance plans for 10 Upper Delaware River bridges at its annual meeting held May 28 at Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 4-0 headquarters in Dunmore.


The New York-Pennsylvania Joint Interstate Bridge Commission approved capital construction and maintenance plans for 10 Upper Delaware River bridges at its annual meeting held May 28 at Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 4-0 headquarters in Dunmore.
Representatives from the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) and National Park Service (NPS) Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River attended to hear the plans and provide input.
Contracts to construct new bridges at the 1904 Pond Eddy, NY-Pond Eddy, PA and the 1961 Callicoon, NY-Damascus, PA crossings are anticipated to be let in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
Major rehabilitation work will be phased in at the 1939 Port Jervis, NY-Matamoras, PA, 1901 Skinners Falls, NY-Milanville, PA, and 1954 Narrowsburg, NY-Darbytown, PA Bridges, starting this summer through 2015.
PennDOT and New York State DOT spent $425,404 to maintain the 10 Upper Delaware River bridges from April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009, which includes any work done on the structures and approaches, as well as the cost for snow and ice control.
The total included a $151,976 deck cleaning and repair project at the 1992 Lordville, NY-Equinunk, PA Bridge and a similar $130,517 maintenance project at the 1952 Cochecton, NY-Damascus, PA Bridge.
Comparatively, the Commission allocated $177,245 for maintenance in 2009-2010 based on the recommendations made by the Joint Interstate Bridge Inspection Team that visited all 10 bridges on April 23 to assess their conditions.
Callicoon-Damascus Bridge
The estimated cost to replace the seven-span Callicoon-Damascus Bridge has increased from last year’s projection of $11.6 million to the 2013 approved allocation of $13.8 million. The project remains in the preliminary engineering phase. No meetings are scheduled as yet to follow up on the last public input session held on Sept. 12, 2006, when the construction cost was pegged at $7.7 million.
The new Barryville, NY-Shohola, PA Bridge built from 2004-2008 (due to flood delays) to replace a 1941 structure is “99% complete” pending installation of the ornamental railing at the pedestrian overlooks. The final price tag was $11,620,000.
Bridge repairs
Extensive work to repair abutment backwalls, steel members, pier expansion dam and to paint the floor beam system on the Port Jervis-Matamoras Bridge will begin in the next few months at a cost of $2.5 million. DOT will hold off on painting the steel truss members for an additional $3.4 million in 2015.
In 2012, $5 million has been earmarked to replace the deck and sidewalks, and paint the Narrowsburg-Darbytown Bridge.
Repair of truss members and abutments at the Skinners Falls-Milanville Bridge will get underway next year under an estimated $200,000 contract. A second phase of full rehabilitation and painting will take place in 2015 for $8 million.
No repair contracts are currently in the works for the 1937 Hancock, NY-Buckingham, PA Bridge that also falls under the jurisdiction of the NY-PA Joint Interstate Bridge Commission.