Boy Scout Camp Bridge Replacement

$2,965 of $160k goal

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Duane Havard  ERIE, PA
On behalf of the French Creek Council and Custaloga Town Scout Reservation,  the Deer Creek Crossing has been washed out due to the heavy rains the past few weeks, making access to the bulk of our camp property limited. We are currently working on the problem but do not know when a solution will be completed... (Yes, we are still having summer camp, folks). We are discussing the use of upper camp presently but as you can see from the pictures there is no driving access to the buildings and campsites on the north side of Deer Creek. Initial estimates are up to $200,000 to repair or replace. We are talking with DEP and are exploring MANY options including retired commercial bridges and temporary to permenant bridges that would be approved to carry camp traffic.
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Posted by Duane Havard
9 days ago
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We are still moving forward on the bridge for CTSR. Unfortunately the repairs that were made two weeks ago lasted one week and heavy rains again washed out the opposite end of the crossing that we fixed. We are asking DEP for possible solutions as we are afraid if we fill in the new space we will be buying a limited amount of time as the current drainage tubes are not working. The initial repair was over $5,000 and that area of the crossing is holding. We will keep you updated. Watch the French Creek Council FB pages for more updates.
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Luke Wildfire
1 month ago

PennDOT is basically giving away a historic 1892 truss bridge up in Bradford (Transport, environmental permitting, engineering hydraulics studies at Deer Creek, abutment design/construction, fresh coat of paint, etc obviously not included) https://www.paprojectpath.org/penndot-crm/bridges/bridges-for-sale/county-and-municipally-owned/bradford-16-bridge They did a similar thing with the Zoarsville Station Bridge at the Boy Scout Camp Tuscazoar in Ohio. Turned out to be a pretty cool win-win situation. http://www.tuscazoar.org/zsb.html

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Dave Walton
1 month ago

I spent many summers here as a Boy Scout! I can also remember spending an xtra 4 days because that creek flooded and actually called in the National Guard to bring us food. The pipes have always been a problem and I seriously hope the money can be raised to fix it right and not just another Band aide.

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Dan Fuhrman
1 month ago

I'm sorry to hear about this. I went there many times when I was younger. As far as replacement options, you may want to look into GRS abutments. They are a relatively new, low cost bridge replacement option for low flow streams. They can come in at a percentage of the cost of a standard bridge. Our office has designed a couple of them. See below for information. http://www.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/STCTAC/STIC/Fact%20Sheet%20GRS-IBS.pdf http://www.dot.state.pa.us/public/Bureaus/BOPD/Bridge/2016/BD/bd697m.pdf

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$2,965 of $160k goal

Raised by 61 people in 1 month
Created January 19, 2017
PP
$100
Philip Page
6 days ago

We've come to Custologa Town for the De-Un-Da-Ga pow wow as long as it has been held there. Looking forward to being able to get the RV Across that bridge again.

DB
$250
David Borchard
8 days ago
JK
$10
Jon Kurtanich
8 days ago
FH
$10
Frank Hulsman
9 days ago
PI
$10
Peter Tomasi III
10 days ago
RB
$25
Roger Baker
10 days ago

Eagle Scout, San Gabriel Council, Class of 1985. Happy to help.

TL
$25
Tim Lyons
10 days ago

I enjoyed my experiences at Scout Camp (Camp Sequoyah, Greater Alabama Council) when I was a scout. I hope you are able to repair your bridge in time for the summer.

DG
$50
David Groome
10 days ago

Good luck. Good scouting Dave Groome Troop 79 Palm, Pa

KP
$25
Kathleen Palmer
13 days ago

Spent a lot of time at the camp in the past. Wish I could do more.

JC
$100
Jody Campbell
20 days ago
Luke Wildfire
1 month ago

PennDOT is basically giving away a historic 1892 truss bridge up in Bradford (Transport, environmental permitting, engineering hydraulics studies at Deer Creek, abutment design/construction, fresh coat of paint, etc obviously not included) https://www.paprojectpath.org/penndot-crm/bridges/bridges-for-sale/county-and-municipally-owned/bradford-16-bridge They did a similar thing with the Zoarsville Station Bridge at the Boy Scout Camp Tuscazoar in Ohio. Turned out to be a pretty cool win-win situation. http://www.tuscazoar.org/zsb.html

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Dave Walton
1 month ago

I spent many summers here as a Boy Scout! I can also remember spending an xtra 4 days because that creek flooded and actually called in the National Guard to bring us food. The pipes have always been a problem and I seriously hope the money can be raised to fix it right and not just another Band aide.

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Dan Fuhrman
1 month ago

I'm sorry to hear about this. I went there many times when I was younger. As far as replacement options, you may want to look into GRS abutments. They are a relatively new, low cost bridge replacement option for low flow streams. They can come in at a percentage of the cost of a standard bridge. Our office has designed a couple of them. See below for information. http://www.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/STCTAC/STIC/Fact%20Sheet%20GRS-IBS.pdf http://www.dot.state.pa.us/public/Bureaus/BOPD/Bridge/2016/BD/bd697m.pdf

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