The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

January 15, 2013

Pine Run footbridge taken down – for now

SHARON — Sparks flew Monday from the skeleton of a rotted bridge over Pine Run that generations of Sharonites crossed to get to school.

Armed with cutting torches, members of the Sharon Sanitary Authority peeled back the rusted metal deck connecting a field off Memorial Boulevard with the Shenango Valley Freeway and hauled it away.

The footbridge has been out of commission since fall 2010 when the city closed it due to its deteriorating condition.

“Safety is the main concern,” City Manager Scott Andrejchak said of the decision to tear the fenced off structure down more than two years later.

Brian Kepple, a leader in many city service groups and boards, said people are worried.

“The kids are jumping that,” he said of the barrier and waterway.

Kepple is heading a group of community activists working with the city and school district to get a new bridge installed there after the old one’s removed.

Sanitary Authority Manager Guy Cunningham said they planned to also remove the corroded beams that are the base of the bridge.

He said they’ll sell the metal to a scrapyard and put the money toward the new bridge effort. The old one is too far gone to be repaired, officials have said.

Andrejchak said they’re working to determine the best way to reconstruct the bridge and would like to see it happen “sooner rather than later.

“As I understand it it’s necessary for that area,” Andrejchak said.

Kepple said a wooden structure might be the most cost-effective option and welcome donations of talent, time and money toward the project.

They’re pursuing funding, Andrejchak said, and a group has organized a fund for donations at the Community Foundation of the Shenango Valley.

Donations can go to the Memorial Footbridge Renovation at the Community Foundation, 7 W. State St., Sharon.

Since the footbridge closed, kids who used it to get to and from school either risked jumping the stream or walked two blocks east to cross the highway at Spencer Avenue, the closest intersection with a traffic light. Sharon does not have busing for students.

Kepple said they believe the bridge went up in the 1930s and the metal span retired two winters ago was built in the late 1950s.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • News briefs from April 24, 2014

    April 24, 2014

  • Bus cameras will be listening, too

    Hermitage School District is taking advantage of a recently enacted exemption to the state’s wiretap law in allowing officials to turn on the audio recording capability on school bus and vehicle video cameras.

    April 24, 2014

  • Union, city OK 4-year contract

    Hermitage’s nonuniformed employees have a new four-year contract that gives them average pay hikes of 2.5 percent a year and the opportunity to live outside the city limits, while allowing administrators more flexibility in scheduling.

    April 24, 2014

  • 2 principals to be hired

    Sharpsville Area school directors needed a shove to make a decision but the board voted Tuesday to interview candidates and hire two principals for 2014-15.

    April 24, 2014

  • Prison term upheld for sex offender

    A sex offender challenging a 4- to 8-year prison sentence for a probation violation lost an appeal of that sentence.

    April 23, 2014

  • Man, 24, must register as sex offender for life

    The Ohio man who exposed himself to Sharon girls on their way to school last fall must register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life when he gets out of jail.

    April 23, 2014

  • Man deemed predator – for now

    A former Sharon man was sent to the state prison system Tuesday for corrupting the morals of a teenage girl, but the question of whether his penalties under Megan’s Law will stand could be subject to future legal proceedings.

    April 23, 2014

  • Not even waste will be wasted

    Tom Darby admits he wishes the startup of the anaerobic digestion process at the Hermitage Water Pollution Control Plant had moved along much faster.

    April 23, 2014

  • 3rd Earth Fest draws families to Penn State

    Penn State Shenango’s Earth Fest has become a spring tradition for area residents.
    Families poured into downtown Sharon for the campus’ third annual sustainability celebration.

    April 22, 2014

  • Amish clean Shenango River Volunteers protect Shenango River

    Shenango River Watchers has spent more than a decade working to clean up the Shenango and improve recreational access to its water and banks.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • For many, recycling’s become way of life

    When Pennsylvania mandated curbside recycling for its larger municipalities in 1998 – those with more than 5,000 people – there was grumbling about government interference in the lives of everyday people.

    April 22, 2014

  • Many items can’t be thrown away

    The computer screen in front of you isn’t likely to do you much harm, at least not until it’s tossed in a landfill where the lead-filled components start to leak and eventually find their way into your drinking water, according to Jerry Zona, director of the Lawrence-Mercer County Recycling/Solid Waste department.

    April 22, 2014

  • David Sykes' solar panels Earthworks

    While touring Germany last year, David Sykes spotted solar panels resting in a residential back yard.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Burned using Icy Hot, woman claims

    A Grove City woman has sued Chattem Inc. and Rite Aid of Pennsylvania Inc., alleging she suffered a second-degree chemical burn using one of Chattem’s Icy Hot pain relief products.

    April 21, 2014

  • Family outing Family friendly

    “We’re No. 5’’ isn’t a sports cheer you’ll hear any time soon.
    But considering the lumps the greater area has gotten over the years on economic rankings, it’s an outright victory.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo