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Bids approved for state park and forest improvements
The new year saw a start of construction on the shared-use Sand Mountain Trail stretching through three Centre County Townships in the Bald Eagle State Forest. The project is among several planned in state forests and state parks after bids were approved late last year.

A bid of $178,961 by G&H Andersen Excavating LLC of Three Springs was approved for construction of the 8-mile trail stretching through Gregg, Potter and Penn townships. The surface of trail will be a dirt/gravel mixture, affording travel to snowmobile, hiking, biking, equestrian and other outdoors enthusiasts. It also will provide a snowmobile link to other trails in eastern Centre and western Union counties.

Also late last year, bids were awarded for replacement of two bridges over the Delaware Canal at Delaware Canal State Park, and replacement of two bridges in the Tiadaghton State Forest, Lycoming County.

A bid of $738,859 from Bi-State Construction Co. Inc. was approved for state park bridge replacements in both Tinicum and Solebury townships, Bucks County.

In Tiadaghton State Forest, a bid of $207,132 submitted by Lycoming Supply Inc., Williamsport, was approved for replacement of the Zinck Fork Road bridge over Upper Pine Bottom Run, in Cummings Township. In Washington Township, a bid of $228,605 by Coleman Construction Co., Renovo, was approved for replacement of the Cove Road bridge over Fourth Gap.

At Nockamixon State Park, Bucks County, emergency roofing repairs needed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 saw the approval of a bid of $49,969 from Pro Com Roofing Corp. The Warrington-based company will repair three storm-damaged cabins.

Also in Tiadaghton State Forest, a bid of $235,580 was approved for an addition to a building housing a gas well station and snowmobile trail grooming machine in Brown Township, Lycoming County. The bid was awarded to Yoder Builders Inc., Turbotville.

In the Loyalsock State Forest, Bureau of Forestry officials moved closer to reopening Shanerburg Road after a bid of $87,177 was approved for repair of damage caused by Tropical Storm Lee in September 2011. Severe wash-outs in Lapote Township, Sullivan County, forced the road closing after the storm. They will be will be repaired by Lycoming Supply Inc. of Williamsport.

Finally, a bid of $75,094, submitted by BCS Construction Inc. of Altoona, was approved to encompass installation of a new ADA-compliant beach-access area; installation of goose deterrent fencing; and rehabilitation of Mary Ann’s Creek bridge abutments at Canoe Creek State Park, Blair County.

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January 23, 2013

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