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News: Upper Fairfield Township Wins Road and Bridge Award

April 19, 2016

Ginni Linn
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Luther Lunt
Upper Fairfield Twp. Supervisor
(570) 435-0633

Upper Fairfield Township Wins Statewide Road and Bridge Safety Improvement Award

Upper Fairfield Township in Lycoming County received an honorable mention in the roadway category of the 34th Annual Road and Bridge Safety Improvement Awards, presented at the 94th Annual Educational Conference of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) in Hershey April 17-20, 2016. The conference attracted attendees from every county in Pennsylvania except Philadelphia, which has no townships. Upper Fairfield Township was honored for a road reconstruction and culvert replacement project.

PSATS sponsors the statewide Road and Bridge Safety Improvement Contest each year in partnership with the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association (PHIA) and the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to recognize townships for their extensive contributions of time and effort in making roads and bridges safer.

Upper Fairfield Township undertook the project to address an undersized culvert and unstable embankment on Kaiser Hollow Road that was causing severe streambank erosion, localized flooding, and water overtopping the road above. The collapsing bank was causing the road surface to crack and slump toward the creek, risking a total collapse of the roadway.

“The creek had been eating away at the culvert for a long time,” township supervisor Luther Lunt says. “The banks were sliding down toward the water.”

Kaiser Hollow Road is one of the main roads in the township and is the primary route for the local fire service. Truck traffic from a nearby natural gas well pad also uses the road.

The township knew the situation needed to be corrected quickly so it bundled the road and culvert work into one project and used Act 13 natural gas impact fee funds to finance the work by Bassett Engineering.

The project involved replacing the existing pipe arch culvert with a larger aluminum box culvert and precast concrete wing walls and stabilizing the embankment with stone. The road was reconstructed with a deep subbase and pavement, and a new cross pipe was installed to redirect road runoff. New guide rail was also installed to protect traffic from the steep streambanks and bridge ends.

“It’s a good, solid job,” Lunt says. “The new road and culvert should hold up well for a long time.”

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The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors represents Pennsylvania’s 1,454 townships of the second class and is committed to preserving and strengthening township government and securing greater visibility and involvement for townships in the state and federal political arenas. Townships of the second class cover 95 percent of Pennsylvania’s land mass and represent more residents — 5.5 million — than any other type of political subdivision in the commonwealth.