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    Buttermilk Falls Bridge and Access Stairs Project Receive Eagle Award

    5/21/2018
    The new Bridge and Access Stairs at Buttermilk Falls in New Florence, PA was recognized by The Associated Builders and Contractors of Western PA with their prestigious Eagle Award at the 45th Annual Excellence in Construction Awards Banquet held Thursday, May 17th at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.  This is the highest award bestowed on construction projects for excellence by the Associated Builders and Contractors.
     
    The architecture firm, Thomas R. Harley Architects, LLC of Indiana, PA designed the 38’ bridge that allows park visitors to cross Hines Run and a unique series of steps and platforms to proceed down below and then actually behind the falls. The bridge was named ‘The Eclipse Bridge’ as it was set in place just as the total eclipse of the sun occurred on August 21, 2017.  Tom Harley stated, “The use of the open weave netting on the railing system along with the wooden steps will disappear into the environment which will allow this natural area to remain natural while still providing safe access to behind the Falls.”
     
    Vince Building Company of Greensburg, PA constructed the bridge and the access stairs. The construction was challenging because of the area’s steep slopes and limited access as well as the sensitive habitat for native plants and the Seal Salamander.  Digging the pier foundations for the bridge and stairs was accomplished with hand tools.  Five gallon buckets full of soil were carried out and the timbers and stone fill was carried in using manpower.  Vince Fontana of Vince Building Company stated, “A true team spirit with the park director and the architect that made this project successful”.
     
    The project was conceived by Ed Patterson, Director of Indiana Parks & Trails in response to the popularity of Buttermilk Falls as documented by over 18,000 visitors to the falls last year alone. The County Commissioners were also honored at the dinner with an Eagle award. The project was funded and coordinated through Indiana County Parks & Trails and the Indiana County Commissioners.
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    Legion Riders name officers

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    First Commonwealth plans to rebuild branch destroyed by fire

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    Library lists free programs

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    Tech 50 finalists announced

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    Regulators spell out more details on pass-through deduction

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