Locksley Bridge to be stabilized

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The East Goshen Township Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to make short-term repairs to the Locksley Covered Bridge to stabilize it for the time being. (Candice Monhollan)

The East Goshen Township Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to make short-term repairs to the Locksley Covered Bridge to stabilize it for the time being. (Candice Monhollan)

EAST GOSHEN — Just over a month ago, residents of Glenbrook Lane rallied together at the East Goshen Township’s Board of Supervisors meeting to save their beloved Locksley Covered Bridge.

After hearing from the residents at that meeting, they decided to look into some options and the board voted 5-0 Tuesday night to make some short-term repairs to the bridge to stabilize it.

“We went back and took a look at what we could do to reduce the cost to get the bridge to where it needs to be with respect to passing traffic,” said Marty Shane, chairman of East Goshen’s Board of Supervisors.

The repairs, which will cost an estimated $2,700 from Pennoni Associates, includes patching two small leaks in the roof.

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However, this doesn’t solve the overall issue of the bridge’s need of major repairs.

“(The repairs) will be to the stuff underneath the bridge and the trusses — one end beam needs to be replaced,” said Rick Smith, East Goshen’s township manager. “There are also two small leaks in the roof that can be patched. If we do that, we basically the bridge will be stabilized and we can defer doing anything to it for some period of time.”

The board has yet to decided on it’s fate, but felt comfortable making the necessary fixes for the time being.

“There’s going to be a day coming when the roof is going to have to be taken care of and perhaps some more improvements to the superstructure,” Shane said.

Along with the work, an additional sign will be purchased for $100 to be placed at the intersection of Glenbrook Lane and Waterview Road to give advanced warning to truck drivers.

The new sign will not replace the other low clearance once right before the bridge.

“If you’re driving a truck, by the time you get there, it’s too later,” Smith said.

Though it’s a small victory for the residents beyond the bridge on the cul-de-sac, Shane urged them to look for ways for them to get involved.

Donald Zembruski, a resident of Glenbrook Lane, said the residents have already been looking into how they can help.

“We had a couple neighbors call some contractors in,” he said. “One was the Amish and they said it looks like there is five years left on the roof. Estimated costs (from them) to replace the roof was $12,000, which is not a lot of money.”

Though Zembruski felt the amount was minimal to raise over the next five years, Shane did not feel the same way.

Shane and the board are hesitant to commit to major expenses with the chance of the township being hit hard in regards to the Milltown and Hershey Mill dams.

“We know what’s coming in terms of other expenses that right now, the general public doesn’t know — it’s just too soon to talk about,” Shane said. “There are stormwater issues, there are police issues. We have some serious money to spend, notwithstanding the face that other people know we’re talking about the two dams.”

At least for now, the residents will have use of their covered bridge for what should be the next five years.

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