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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Keating Summit Bridge Deemed Unsafe By Inspection

KEATING SUMMIT BRIDGE
ORDERED CLOSED


This bridge owned by the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad and used by Keating Township to connect the Gardeau Road to Route 155 at Keating Summit has been deemed by the company inspecting it AS UNSAFE FOR USE.

A CRITICAL DEFICIENCY discovered by the inspectors revealed advanced section loss and detereioration at one of the truss-to-floor beam connections. Several large holes were discovered and serious loss was present surrounding the connection.

The inspection company in a letter to Keating Township writes, "At the direction of PennDot District 2-0, I am asking Keating Township to CLOSE THE BRIDGE IMMEDIATELY."

In an effort to notify residents as quickly as possible, Keating Township Supervisor Art Moate asked Solomon's words to post this bridge closure so residents will know that they will be closing this bridge TODAY.

35 comments :

Anonymous said...

They closed this bridge before then re-opened it because the people on that road threw a fit. If the bridge is owned by the railroad, shouldn't they be the ones fixing it? Will they,or hasn't anyone contacted them?

Anonymous said...

Hasn't Art Moate known that the bridge was unsafe for months now? It was closed temporarily before but then reopened even after no repairs were made. Why were no repairs made and why has nothing been done by Keating Township, the State, or Western New York?

Anonymous said...

This would be a better place for funds from the train wreck to be spent than where it’s being given out to lately. Every Tom, Dick and Henry has their hands in the pot. Keating Township more deserves it than these outfits a hundred miles away. The Township should apply!

Anonymous said...

Who is contacting the railroad and driving them to get this fixed sooner rather than later?

Anonymous said...

Economic recovery funds hard at work here....WHERE did all the taxpayer money go?? It went to Corporations and RAISES for their CEO's, CFO's and the list goes on and on. We the general public paid for their raises! I'd like to know locally what jobs the stimulis created in Potter County.

Anonymous said...

this is a travesty!...get the railroad to fix this fast. these people need to have access to thier homes.

Anonymous said...

Keating Twp was supposed to fix this but didn't.

Anonymous said...

I do not believe Keating Twp. is able to repair the steel structure that is owned by the Railroad road. If I had to guess I would think it was cost at least $2M to replace a bridge like that. This would be a good place to spend the money from the train accident. I believe there was close to $8million awarded in damages..Probably sent it to the PAwilds...

Anonymous said...

I would like to know who is going to pay for my gas to go to work. By closing the Bridge it adds an extra 12 miles a day to my drive. I guess that we live on the wrong side of the tracks.What about emergenceys it is going to take longer to get help to people. I am so not happy. I'm sure everyone is feeling the same way.

Anonymous said...

"I would like to know who is going to pay for my gas to go to work."

You are.

Does anyone else have a difficult question they would like me to answer?

Anonymous said...

Train wreck money....lol... Maybe you can ask the lumber Museum for a loan.... WHAT A JOKE !!!

Anonymous said...

what about snowmobiles getting up to scaffold lick

Anonymous said...

"I would like to know who is going to pay for my gas to go to work. By closing the Bridge it adds an extra 12 miles a day to my drive."

Life isn't always fair. I guess you are just going to have to make some adjustments and plan accordingly. Note that I'm not saying you have to like the situation but you are gonna have to deal with it like everyone else. It sounds childish to ask who is going to pay for my gas. People always looking for handouts. **shakes head** Instead of crying about it get involved and see what you can do about it because crying and moaning about it isn't going to make it better.

PS. 6:19 That was full of win, bravo!

Anonymous said...

To Poster 3:56. Look at it this way, If you happen to be the one to go thru the bridge, you won't have to worry about those 12 extra miles. Consider yourself lucky you can drive 12 miles more, and also that you even have a job to drive to, so quit whinning.

Dennis said...

To all posters in general...
I was a Supervisor on the township in 2007 and I remember a Meeting/Hearing that was held at the sight of this bridge. There was 4 parties in attendance that day. Art Moate and myself for the Township, 2 DOT employees, 1 PA Utilities commission employee and 1 Railroad employee. The meeting was called together to find out who was responsible for repairs to the bridge and to go over the inspection report. It was ruled on by the Utility Commission that the railroad company was solely responsible for any and all structural repairs of the bridge.
They also stated that it was up to the railroad to decide whether or not to repair the bridge. DOT pointed out that because there is an alternate access the railroad would not be required to repair the bridge. They also stated that the Township could post the road at a tonnage of their choice. After we went over the bridge inspection report we all agreed that the bridge should be posted down to a 10 ton limit.
The next discussion was about building a crossing down toward lower Keating where the tracks are at a closer level to the road. Again it was discussed that this would be the responsibility of the railroad and not the Township nor DOT.
"The bottom line is that the bridge is not safe and it must be closed before someone is injured"
I know this upsets the people living on Gardue Rd.,But the Railroad is not EVER going to fix the bridge and the Township could never afford to repair it.
It was estimated in the millions to fix the bridge and that just isn't going to happen.
There is no need to point fingers at any past or present Supervisors for this decision. It is a thankless job with no reward.
Goodluck to the new Supervisors.

Dennis Kio

Anonymous said...

If the people of Keating Twp really want to attempt to do something it should start out small. Take a piece of paper and go door to door getting them to sign it. Make the supervisors and the railroad (and i know the twp has nothing to do with the bridge other then being inside of that twp). People just gripping on it, and going to meetings to bitch will not make things change.

You need to get Alot if not all of the twp to make this happen. Also you would need to make it an appoint to get ahold of a chief for Austin on both Fire and Ambulance to make them sign this with a written statement on why they believe something should be done.

We all understand that the EMS has to travel miles in the Austin district but, if you live on the end of that road (Stebick) i believe is the last residence, it will now take 6 mins to get to Keating summit, and then another 4 mins to get to her house if that bridge would be fixed. Now that it is out it will take 4-5 more mins to get to the turn toward port, then 12 mins to get to her house. That is life saving time going to waist right there.

If you are interested in starting something like this repost taht you want to do this process and i will personally help you by all means.

I will stay unnamed until we get people who would like to do this.

Anonymous said...

The railroad should NOT have to fix this bridge. They were just ripped off by the state for millions of(spill) dollars that is being spent on bulls&%t.It comes off a state road the state should pay for it.Millions to repair it? I don't think so.A thankless job with no reward.Yea ok I know of a few local townships that look VERY rewarding to work for !!!!The people that work on them seem to have all kinds of money to spend!!

Anonymous said...

Dennis
Was it sunny that day or was it raining?

Dennis said...

Blogger 8:35 - Good idea, I will sign.

Blogger 8:50 - Maybe the next time we have an opening in Keating township for a Supervisor I will see your name on the ballot?
Oh wait, you don't post your name.

Blogger 1:14 - It was Sunny!

Dennis Kio

Anonymous said...

Hopefully for Keating townships sake a openning will come up very soon

Anonymous said...

Dennis
just take the bridge out and fill the ditch in

Anonymous said...

Dennis
The township could use the dirt they keep grading off the roads

Anonymous said...

Blogger 8:35 - Good idea, I will sign.

Blogger 8:50 - Maybe the next time we have an opening in Keating township for a Supervisor I will see your name on the ballot?
Oh wait, you don't post your name.

Blogger 1:14 - It was Sunny!

Dennis Kio


Dennis,

I would just like to tell you that I have been watching alot of things that is currently going on not only in Austin, but the twps as well and local organizations. And you Do know me, and i do look forward one day on helping the twp out in that way.


And now that i did get one person to endorse me on this. I will tell you, My name is Nathan Burgett and you can Email me nburgett@avfd44.com


Thanks Dennis

Anonymous said...

Post—8:50AM
You are so right on the Millions-Not a penny in this area, it’s being given to special interest groups to be put in their coffers to line their member’s pockets. Check it out!

Anonymous said...

Dennis - do you ride your bike or carry your lunch?

Anonymous said...

(I is to)Nate Nate he's our man if he can't do it nobody can !!!Yes we can Yes we can !!!

NIKKI said...

Let me say something Mrs. Stebich is not the last lady on Gardeau served by the Austin Vol. Fire Dept or Ambulance there is my dad and the Lentz's that are served by them as well. My dad, as well as Mrs. Stebich are my concerns, somebody needs to pull their greedy heads out of the black hole they have stuck them in and realize this is not only a major inconvience but a potential for other people's family members that need emergency services to take much much longer. My dad being 70years old and not feeling to well is a big concern. Obviously the past and present supervisors could care less!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Call Martin Causer, tell him that there is a plan in the works to get a petition passed around the township wanting this bridge fixed due to the health and safety of the township residents. This is very important when arrive time counts in a life saving situation. If that doesn't help call a news station crew and get them up here. You would think that filming of that movie would draw some national interest in this area and possibly could help with fixing this area's vital bridge access.

Anonymous said...

In these hard times with the dumbocrats in charge? It will be like the old song says ( heres a quarter call someone who cares )!!

Anonymous said...

IF somebody wants to do this i will start it this weekend and we can get this process moving IF we can get a few people to help go door to door in Keating Twp we can make this work.. Please email me at nburgett@avfd44.com

Together we will help people like my grandmother and mr lentz.

Anonymous said...

Noted: the newly elected have not yet been sworn into office until 1st part of Jan 2010, so not alot they can do yet, and yes they do very much care!!

Anonymous said...

ALL NEED TO REMEMBER THE SPEED LIMIT ON THE GARDEAU RG IS 35!!!!! NOT 75 THE STATE POLICE HAVE AGREED TO PATROL THE GARDEAU RD

Anonymous said...

Fill the ditch 'Fill the ditch'Fill the ditch'Fill the ditch'Fill the ditch

Anonymous said...

I think you should build a jump, if victor lets you start across the road in his parking lot and with no cars coming you should get up enough speed to clear the whole thing!!

Anonymous said...

Bo and Luke Duke wouldn't have a problem but what about cooter in his work truck!