New Kensington-Arnold prepares to work on bridges at Valley High School

The new Kensington-Arnold School District is preparing to repair or replace the four bridges spanning Little Pucketa Creek across from Valley High School.

The bridges consist of the main entrance bridge, a pair of identical pedestrian bridges, and a second vehicle bridge near the football stadium. The district shares this bridge with the Northern Westmoreland Career & Technology Center, which is adjacent to the high school.

The plans include repairing the two vehicle bridges and replacing the pedestrian bridges, said Edward Patton, owner of Patton Engineering, which manages the design work for the school district.

The pedestrian bridges and the bridge near the football stadium are expected to be patched within the next year, Patton said. One of the two pedestrian bridges is closed. Patton said the bridge near the stadium only needed minor repairs.

Work on the main entrance bridge could begin this fall.

Due to its condition, a weight limit of 2 tonnes was imposed on the main entrance deck. It dates from the original construction of the school in the 1950s; Patton said it has been repaired several times since then, most recently in the early 1980s.

Patton said the bridge’s substructure is in good condition and an analysis has determined it does not need to be replaced.

Work on the bridge would include replacing its main supports and steel deck, as well as repairs to the concrete sidewalk, Patton said.

The district received only one offer for the main entrance bridge. Edgewood’s Caliber Contracting Services proposal for $ 358,000 was opened at the administration center on Wednesday.

The school board could vote for the award of the contract at its meeting on October 5.

The offer was discussed at a board finance committee meeting on Wednesday evening, but nothing specific was decided, board chairman Tim Beckes said.

“Essentially, the board members present requested a summary of the capital budget and the ongoing projects currently underway to determine the best course of action,” he said. “This information must be provided by the business owner.”

Brian C. Rittmeyer is an editor for Tribune-Review. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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