Shamokin needs $12,500 to replace foot bridge
SHAMOKIN - An additional $12,500 is needed to fund the construction and installation of a new pedestrian bridge spanning Shamokin Creek near Mulberry and Franklin streets to replace the old one that was damaged in the Flood of 2011.
Since the foot bridge was county-owned, the Northumberland County commissioners accepted four bids for the project at their meeting Tuesday, and will likely award the contract at the Sept. 3 meeting.
County engineer Charles Hopta Jr. said the lowest bid came in at $73,967 from T Ross Construction, Montandon, followed by $85,450 from Heim Construction, Pottsville; $88,268 from Jay Fulkroad & Sons Contracting, McAlisterville, and Bill Anskis Company, Elysburg.
The county has already paid $30,000 to remove the old bridge and create designs for the new project, Hopta said.
The bridge was removed earlier this month by Doli Construction, Chalfont, which is working in the creek channel as part of a sewer authority project.
If the county approves the lowest bid, the total project costs would be $103,967, but the project was only approved for $91,431 in reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The city must come up with the additional $12,536.
City Clerk Steve Bartos said Thursday that FEMA allows for an appeal for additional grant money and a six-month extension, but Hotpa will have to file that paperwork on behalf of the city.
If the project is denied, Bartos said it would be up to city council to decide how to come up with the money.
"I don't expect it to come to that," Bartos said.
There's no word yet when their request for further reimbursement and time extension will be approved, so there's also no projected start date for the construction of the bridge, Hopta said.
The bridge will be 55 feet long and four feet wide, he said.
In an agreement between the county and the city, the county found the funding to replace the bridge and will transfer ownership to the city once it is built, Hopta said.