Penns Valley

On Centre: Penns Valley | Group gets grant to boost Upper Penns Creek

A local conservation group is getting a boost from the state in its efforts to improve the quality of Upper Penns Creek.

Penns Valley Conservation Association has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority for work along the creek, which runs through Gregg, Potter and Penn townships.

State Sen. Jake Corman, who announced the grant Friday, said the money will help fund stream stabilization projects and the implementation of agriculture projects to help reduce nutrient runoff.

“This will help to reduce the amount of sediment entering the creek, improving water quality and reducing nutrient runoff,” Corman, R-Benner Township, said in a statement. “This environmental protection effort will ensure that this watershed is protected and maintained for future generations.”

The Centre County Conservation District also will receive $289,226 in state grants for improvements to Bald Eagle and Halfmoon creeks in Worth, Spring and Halfmoon townships.

Another bridge online

A replacement project for another Penns Valley bridge has officially wrapped up, state Department of Transportation officials said Friday.

Work has officially finished at the bridge spanning Ross Hill Road in Gregg Township. The bridge has been open to traffic since October, but guiderail work was delayed and a final inspection didn’t happen until November.

It’s the second bridge to come back online in recent weeks. PennDOT officials said earlier this month that a bridge on Penn Street/Coburn Road outside Coburn had been reopened ahead of schedule.

Construction on both structures began in May, PennDOT officials said.

Work at the Ross Hill Road project included the replacement of the old bridge with a pre-cast concrete box culvert. Nestlerode Contracting, of Lock Haven, performed the $596,000 replacement job.

The replacement means that there is now one less structurally deficient bridge in the county.

The state boasts the third highest number of bridges in the nation, but leads the country in the number of structures classified as “structurally deficient,” according to PennDOT’s website.

“Being rated structurally deficient does not mean that a bridge is unsafe; rather, it means that it has deterioration to one or more of its major components,” officials said on the website. “Although deterioration is present, a structurally deficient bridge is safe.”