Sullivan County, Pa. May 17, 2005 - The Sullivan County commissioners want to reinforce the abutments of the Sonestown Covered Bridge threatened by the Muncy Creek.
Last September the Muncy Creek, with its shifting channels, washed away a dwelling located 150 to 200 feet upstream from the bridge.
While the bridge and its abutments have not yet been damaged, because of the instability of the creek bed it is probable that they will be, the commissioners agree.
The bridge, which is located off U.S. Route 220 in Davidson Township, was built circa 1850. It crosses Muncy Creek in a single 110-foot span using a Burr Truss. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The commission advertised for bids on a project to reinforce the abutments of the bridge. Rexer's Drilling and Concrete of Dushore bid $9,250, the only company bidding.
The commission accepted Rexer's bid June 29, contingent on a successful review by the county's engineering firm, CECO Associates Inc. of Scranton.
The contract requires the installation of rip-rap to prevent scouring of the abutments and to install fill. The work must be complete by August 15.
[This article based on an article in the The Daily & Sunday Review of Towanda, Pennsylvania, by James Loewenstein. The complete story can be read at http://www.thedailyreview.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=14804386&BRD=2276&PAG=461&dept_id=465049&rfi=8 - Our Thanks to Nancy Knapp for forwarding the story - Ed.]