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Work Approved on Siegrist Mill Bridge

WGN PA-36-37

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Mount Joy, Pa., October 5, 2011 - Lancaster County commissioners are expected to take the first step in resurrecting the Siegrist Mill covered bridge that was swept off its foundation during Tropical Storm Lee.

The commissioners likely will approve agreements with the owners of three properties for temporary construction easements that will enable the bridge to be rebuilt on site.

Since Sept. 8, the 92-foot span built in the 1880s has been lying in a heap in Chiques Creek. The 50-ton bridge carried Siegrist Road over the Chiques on the Rapho-West Hempfield township line. According to Charlie Douts, the county's facilities management director, the bridge is intact, although it sustained heavy damage.

Within the next month, two large cranes will be brought in to lift the bridge out of the creek and then set it on the shore nearby, where it will be rebuilt.

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[Thank you Tom Walczak for forwarding this article - Ed.]

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