Employees of York-based Kinsley Construction started the project several weeks ago, Providence Township Manager Vicki Eldridge said last week.
On Thursday afternoon, July 13, a Kinsley employee said the holes for the footers are nearly completed.The footers, which will support the bridge abutments, will be poured this week.
Sections of the trail from Fairview Rd. to Rt. 222 and Oak Bottom Rd. to Rt. 222 have been closed to walkers and bikers until the project is completed.
"They will stay closed until the project is completed in April of 2018," Eldridge said.
When it is finished, the new bridge will close the only gap on the east end of the trail.
"When this opens, people will be able to walk from Safe Harbor to Chester County," Eldridge said in April.
The 220-foot-long bridge will cost just over $2 million to complete.
Kinsley Construction of York was the low bidder on the project, Eldridge said. There were four bids for the job ranging from Kinsley's price of $1,916,758 to a high bid of $2,196,000. The additional $150,000 in the project's cost will cover inspection fees.
The price is higher than the engineer's estimate of $1.6 million.
"DCNR [Pennsylvania's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources] said the bids for projects in 2017 are running about 30 percent higher than the engineer's estimates," Eldridge said in April.
The township had $1,908,000 available in grant funds for the project. PennDOT then provided an additional $200,000 to help cover the inspection fees.
The bids for the project were opened in early February and awarded later that month.
A brief detour, probably less than a week, will be required when the steel girders are being lifted into place.
The work will include steel girders to carry the trail surface, arched mesh sides to prevent objects from being thrown onto Rt. 222, and concrete abutments cast to resemble the stone on the original railroad arch, built in 1906 and demolished in 2008.