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Road Safety Improvement Award

2010 Road & Bridge Improvement Awards

Each year the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association (PHIA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) team with various state organizations to recognize the best road safety or bridge improvement projects undertaken across the state.   

Eligible projects are those in which most or all of the safety improvements were completed in 2009. The competition recognizes not only major, high-cost projects, but any improvements that have increased public safety.

Beaver County Township Wins Road Safety Improvement Award

Daugherty Township in Beaver County received the runner-up award in the 28th Annual Road and Bridge Safety Improvement Contest, presented at the 88th Annual Educational Conference of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors in Hershey April 18-21. The conference attracted attendees from every county in Pennsylvania except Philadelphia, which has no townships. Daugherty Township was recognized for a bridge replacement project on Frishkorn Road.

The township association sponsors the statewide Road and Bridge Safety Improvement Contest each year in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association and the state Department of Transportation to recognize townships for their extensive contributions of time and effort in making roads and bridges safer.

Daugherty Township undertook the Frishkorn Road bridge replacement project after discovering that neither the county nor the state owned the structure. Two hurricanes in 2005 had caused significant erosion around the bridge abutments, and the underside of the concrete deck was cracked and broken, exposing the reinforcing steel to corrosion.

Although Frishkorn Road leads to a residential area with only about a dozen homes, the road has no outlet, so a bridge failure would prevent access to the homes. The structurally deficient bridge also posed a safety hazard for emergency services equipment, snow plows, and other heavy trucks.

The township contracted with its engineering firm, Daniel C. Baker Associates, Inc., to evaluate the bridge and recommend repair or replacement options. The agreed-upon replacement design featured updated guide rails, improved sight distance, higher elevation to reduce the risk of flooding, a wider bridge deck, additional signage, and stream bank stabilization.

In keeping with the township comprehensive plan, which does not project any future land development or sanitary sewer expansion in the area, township officials concluded that a one-lane bridge would continue to provide adequate service for the area. Still, a precast concrete bridge with a 24-foot span would cost more than $250,000, including construction and all the associated paperwork.

To trim the cost, the township opted for a metal bridge, which would be assembled by the public works department. The township was able to replace the bridge at a cost of about $145,000, not including labor. The county helped with a $50,000 Community Development Block Grant and additional funding to pave the roadway over the bridge.

“The biggest obstacle was the cost,” Daugherty Township manager David Lodovico Jr., says. “By doing the work ourselves, it took a little longer to complete the project, but the cost savings were tremendous.”

The residents of Frishkorn Road are thrilled to have a new bridge, Lodovico says, and even people who live nearby have commented on the successful project.

“I think we proved a lot of people wrong,” he says. “We have even received compliments on the bridge from neighboring New Brighton Borough and its police department.”

Lodovico says that while he is grateful for the award’s acknowledgement of the time and effort that was put into the project, his real hope is that it will encourage other small communities to take on similar projects that they think they can’t afford or do on their own.

“We won one for the ‘little guy,’” he says. “We see this award as a badge of honor for small townships.”

The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors represents Pennsylvania’s 1,455 townships of the second class and for the past 89 years has been committed to preserving and strengthening township government and securing greater visibility and involvement for townships in the state and federal political arenas. Townships of the second class represent more residents — 5.4 million Pennsylvanians — than any other type of political subdivision in the commonwealth.



PHOTO CAPTION: William Pasquale Jr., a supervisor for Daugherty Township in Beaver County (fourth from right), accepts the runner-up Road and Bridge Safety Improvement Award at the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors’ 88th Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show, held April 18-21 in Hershey. Sponsored by PSATS, the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association, and the state Department of Transportation, the award recognizes townships for their extensive contributions of time and effort in making roads and bridges safer. Daugherty Township received the award for a bridge replacement project. Participating in the presentation are (left to right): Tim Horner, PSATS secretary-treasurer; David Lodovico Jr., Daugherty Township manager; Craig A. Baker, P.E., of Daniel C. Baker Associates, Inc.; Ivan Fabyanick Jr., Daugherty Township supervisor; F. Thomas Zeglin, P.E., of Daniel C. Baker Associates, Inc.; Pasquale; Craig Reed, director of PennDOT’s Bureau of Municipal Services; Jason Wagner, managing director of PHIA; and Kenny Grimes, PSATS president.


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