Saturday, October 22, 2016

BRIDGE: Shhh! Frog Hollow Road is open again.

Five years after it was heavily damaged by an oversized truck, the Speakman #1 Covered Bridge on Frog Hollow Road is open again!
To mark the occasion, workers, neighbors and covered-bridge buffs gathered for an informal luncheon on Oct. 19. Tables were set up inside the bridge, and Triple Fresh Catering brought the sandwiches. There was a refreshing lack of the traditional ribbon stretched across the bridge, an oversized pair of scissors, and local dignitaries in hardhats grinning for photos.
The rebuilt bridge over the Buck Run looks wonderful. Eastern Highway Specialists is the contractor who dismantled and then rebuilt the bridge, and the timbers were restored over the winter by Lancaster County Timber Frame. At the opening-day party I met Bob Field, who owns Eastern Highway, and told him how wonderful the rejuvenated bridge looks.
Several residents told me they feel bittersweet about the reopening. Although they'd spent years urging East Fallowfield and West Marlborough township supervisors to act on the project, and they won't miss the lengthy detour up to Strasburg Road, they're not looking forward to the increased traffic and litter.
"It's like we've had a private road," said one.

Triple Fresh catered the bridge opening festivities.

During the opening ceremony, John McKenna (in blue shorts) offers his opinion about where traffic signs should be placed.

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