Burns: $211,300 state grant will fix ‘structurally unsound’ Croyle Twp. bridge

Project will ensure public safety, address possible collapsing issues

EBENSBURG, March 26 – A structurally deficient Croyle Township bridge will soon be replaced, thanks to a $211,300 state grant announced today by state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria.

Following an engineering firm inspection requested last year by township officials, the Oaks Road Bridge over Laurel Run was recommended for immediate closure to traffic due to significant public safety concerns, related to compromised structural stability.

“When we drive over bridges in our communities, it shouldn’t be a concern as to whether or not they’re safe – we assume they are,” said Burns. “But when we find that they’re not, it is imperative these bridges are replaced or repaired immediately. I’m pleased this grant was approved for Croyle Township and a new bridge will soon be a reality.”

The $211,300 grant, from the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund program, provides funds to encourage economic development and ensure a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to all Pennsylvanians. The Department of Community and Economic Development grant was approved through the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

Burns’ office assisted with the grant application, including the submission of a letter of support.