The bridge construction project, SR 415 Plan, was discussed on June 12 at the Harveys Lake Municipal Building.
The project will replace the current Grotto Bridge, which is in a deteriorating state with concrete falling off in some spots.
Greg Orris represented Dewberry Engineering, the company that will construct the new bridge. Orris presented plans and answered questions from residents in attendance.
He stated that construction is scheduled to begin in September 2015 and conclude in the spring of 2016. Orris added that this time frame was chosen in “order to avoid interference with the boaters.” The work should be completed before summer of 2016, the lake’s busy season. Boating traffic will need to be shut down for about a month, while demolition of the old bridgetakes place.
The new bridge will see a change in height of 15 to 16 inches in additional clearance for boating traffic with the existing pier being removed. The width of the new pier will be 6 or 7 feet in horizontal clearance. Two spans will be replaced by a single span.
The proposed length of the new bridge is 68 feet; the current length is 45 feet. The sidewalks will be replaced by shoulders, measuring 5 feet on each side. There will be a smooth slope down at the edges.
The new construction will improve safety conditions with adjustments being made to the marina and Grotto Pizza properties as the vehicles will be able to see the ongoing traffic more clearly.
While construction is taking place, the detour route will span approximately 2 miles, with Old Lake Road picking up more traffic. According to borough secretary, Susan Sutton, the detour should not be much of an inconvenience for residents.