This is the year Eden Township will replace the Cherry Hill Rd. bridge over Bowery Run.
Two years in the planning, the replacement must happen this year, roadmaster Mark Rudy said last week.
"It's gone from shabby to extreme," he said of the bridge. "It's still open, but only because we put stone in last fall after the center caved in. We have to do this now or we'll have to close the road."
The bridge connects Cherry Hill Rd. to Pumping Station Rd. and provides access to a dairy farm. The road runs from Pumping Station Rd. to Hollow Rd. in Bart Township and only serves one other house.
The township bid the project in two parts - the bridge and its installation and the necessary excavation.
Supervisors awarded one of the bids - for the construction - to Robert Work of Quarryville. Work bid $86,362. The only other bid, for $254,300, came from Construction Masters Services of Reading.
The supervisors did not award a bid for excavation. Work bid $251,737 for that portion of the project and Construction Masters bid $195,500. "To keep the cost down, we'll do some of the work ourselves," Rudy said.
Because Bowery Run is a trout stream, work cannot begin until June. When it begins, the bridge will be closed.
"That means the milk hauler [that picks up from the dairy farm] will have to come in from Hollow Rd.," Rudy said. "We have talked with them about it and they can do it."
The new bridge will be 28 feet long. The original plan was for a 24-foot-long bridge, but a 100-year flood would have gone over the top of that size span.
A state grant of $135,000 to help pay for the project was approved in November, 2017.