CEDARVILLE Engineering Group, llc (West Vincent Township Engineer), together with the Township Road Foreman completed a visual inspection of the French Creek Road stone culvert on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, following the storm event of Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Due to the deterioration of the culvert and surface depression the opinion of those present is there potential for structural failure. Based on their recommendation, the Township closed the road for the safety and welfare of the general public.
The Township Engineer has contacted a Structural Engineering Firm that specializes in preserving and repairing stone structures to use their expertise to assist the Township in determining if the existing stone arch can be repaired in place or if it needs to be completely rebuilt or replaced. The Township Engineer also reached out to the PADEP to determine the Environmental Permitting requirements for repairing or replacing this structure since the watercourse it spans (an Unnamed Tributary to the French Creek) is designated a High Quality (HQ) Watercourse and the French Creek is designated an Exceptional Value (EV) Watercourse.
We are diligently working on gathering information in order to best determine the course of action necessary to ensure the safety of this stone culvert.
Detour signs now are re-routing vehicles to Hallman Mill Rd to Sheeder Road to Pughtown Road and back to French Creek Rd.
Unfortunately the Township discovered that the barricades used to close the road were moved. They are now back in place and will be replaced by more permanent structures. It should be clearly understood that this emergency closure of the road was because this is an imminently dangerous situation. Anyone seen moving the barriers or tampering with road signs will be arrested.