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Pickering Bridge Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

I took these photos Thursday morning, June 13, 2002 during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new State Road (Rt. 29) bridge over Pickering Creek at the site of the old "Ice Dam".
Plaque on new bridge 
Plaque mounted on bridge. The bridge was built by McMinn's Asphalt Co., Inc. of Lancaster, PA and was completed three months ahead of schedule. For statistics on the new vs old bridge, click here.
Before the ceremony 
PennDOT District Administrator Andrew Warren opens the ceremony with Senator Gerlach, Represenative Rubley and Supervisor Hogan by his side.
Supervisor Paul Hogan 
Charlestown Township Supervisor Paul Hogan addresses the audience.
Ribbon Cutting 
(L to R) Supervisor Paul Hogan, State Senator James Gerlach, State Representative Carole Rubley, an unidentified young man representing future generations, and PENNDOT District Administrator Andrew Warren cutting the ribbon following the brief ceremony.
Model "T" is first across the bridge 
Galloway Moore in his 1911 Ford Model "T" with Paul Hogan riding shotgun is the first to cross the bridge, followed by Supervisor Mike Rogers in a 1956 Ford Thunderbird and Michael Koenig in a 1942 Dodge Weapons Carrier.
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New Bridge Old Bridge
Bridge opened June 13, 2002 Bridge opened 1926
130 ft long by 30 ft wide
103 ft long by 14 feet wide
2 spans 1 span
Type: Reinforced concrete box beam Type: Concrete and stone
About: The new bridge is decorated with stone veneers on the outside walls and abutments, and aesthetic steel guide rails supported by wood posts. Crews have also rebuilt the roadway approaches to the structure. The new bridge has two 11 foot travel lanes and four foot shoulders. Daily traffic is approximately 3,000 vehicles a day. Construction cost of $1,027,607 was 80% federal funded and 20% state funded. About: The original concrete bridge was built in 1926. PennDOT closed the bridge, which passes over Pickering Creek, for three weeks in late 2000 due to structural repairs after a Department bridge engineer discovered a hole approximately eight feet high and eight feet wide in the concrete and stone abutment.


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