When: Martic Township Supervisors Meeting, April 4.
What happened: Township supervisors received an update from construction officials regarding repairs to the Martic Forge Bridge, which burned down in a massive arson attack in 2018.
Background: JD Eckman Inc. of Atglen was awarded a $2.97 million contract last summer to repair the bridge and bridge deck spanning Martic and Conestoga townships on the Enola Low Grade Trail. Three years before the fire, a $750,000 renovation converted the old railway trestle into a wooden pedestrian walkway.
What has happened since: JD Eckman has been busy working on the bridge. With most of that structural work complete, company representative Jenn Leibig told supervisors that erection of the beams is scheduled for early May.
Quoteable: “As for the August 4 completion date, we may have completed the bridge, but I don’t know if we will have completed the work on the trail,” Leibig said.
And after: Next month, the giant girders and deck will be trucked to the site from the Martic side of the bridge. Company officials said the work could disrupt traffic on Route 324 when trucks return to the bridge site to unload materials. Additionally, Eckman officials said they had to work with Amtrak, whose power lines run alongside the site. Eckman expects to provide a more detailed schedule soon, along with the installation of the galvanized guardrails currently in the design phase.
In other cases: Supervisors have approved the disbursement of the first phase of American Rescue Plan Act funds from the federal government. The township received $272,767 last year, and a second equal payment could arrive later this year. The board unanimously approved the following disbursements under a resolution amending the 2022 budget: Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company, $106,000 for capital improvements; $7,500 for employee salaries; $10,000 for fuel paving joint coating; $35,000 for township equipment; $30,000 for township roadwork; a $15,000 donation to Lancaster EMS; $36,201 to the Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company for the purchase of diving and rescue equipment; $8,000 to the Lancaster County Library System; donations of $2,500 each to Kitchen Cupboard and Martic Pantry; and $20,000 for unforeseen expenses associated with repairs to the Martic Forge Bridge.