DSC_0171What:   The Lancaster County Commissioners will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 20, 2014 to celebrate the rebuilding and reopening of the Pinetown Covered Bridge. The bridge spans the Conestoga River and borders Manheim and Upper Leacock Townships.

Why:     Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the bridge was severely damaged by floods in 2011, making it unpassable.  The bridge was recently restored to its previous form using the original design. One of the longest covered bridges in the county, the Pinetown Covered Bridge design includes authentic stone masonry abutments and now sits two feet higher than the original structure, to minimize future flood damage. Lancaster County also integrated as much of the undamaged timber as possible into the rehabilitated bridge. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided funding for the $877,785 construction project.

Where: Bridge Road, Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505 Lat 40.10557 / Long -76.24767             https://www.google.com/maps/place/40%C2%B006’20.1%22N+76%C2%B014’51.6%22W/@40.10557,-76.24767,15z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0

When:  Thursday, March 20, 2014, 2 p.m.

Who:   Speakers will include County Commissioners Craig Lehman, Scott Martin, and Dennis P. Stuckey.