been notified the newly constructed bridge over the Blacklick Creek at Adams Crossing
in northern Blacklick Township was to be opened to traffic at 9 a.m. November
5, I grabbed my trusty Canon camera and drove out there for some photos and a
little video. On hand for the inspection of the new concrete structure which replaced
the aged and unsafe wooden span were officials from PennDot, Blacklick Township,
and builder; CH&D Enterprises of New Stanton, Pennsylvania.
to Blacklick Township Engineer Richard "Rich" Wray, Wednesday's opening of the
bridge was the culmination of a project that was initiated twenty years ago when
the old wooden span, built in the early 1970s, started to show the first signs
of structural decay. If you do the math, that takes you back to 1988. The project
was then put into PennDot's 12-year bridge plan. The wheels of government turn
slowly, however, and it took from 1993 until 2003 to get the promise of funding.
Once funding was approved, the project entered into the 20-step design phase where
the design principles were worked out and application for the necessary permits
The actual construction began in May, this year.The
new Adams Crossing bridge carried a price tag of $1 million. The Federal Government
paid 80 percent, leaving Blacklick Township to supply $200,000. "The money was
available now so the construction was done now. You need to do projects when the
money is available," said Wray, who went on to relate another bridge-building
story set near Claysburg. A new bridge that seemed to be a "bridge to nowhere"
was built despite vigorous complaints from the local residents who thought the
However, the gamble paid off. When Sheetz
Corporation was looking for a place to build a distribution center, it chose the
area served by the new bridge. The Sheetz distribution center brought 600 new
jobs to the Claysburg area. Blacklick Township officials hope the new Adams Crossing
bridge will encourage some needed commercial and residential development for the
township, which will increase its tax base and revenues.
Greetings From Home Page Country
Blacklick Township...Janet and Martin Miller. The Millers live in the White Mill
area of Blacklick Towhsnip. They and their now grown three children spent many
years enjoying the fun Adams Crossing bridge and Blacklick Creek had to offer.
Be content with what you've got, but be sure you have plenty.
Thought for today
Religion is a candle inside a multicolored
lantern. Everyone looks through a particular color, but the candle is always there.
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