It’s a bridge done and three to walk to cross Little Pucketa Creek on the campus of Valley Junior-Senior High School.
Ed Patton of Patton Engineering told the New Kensington-Arnold School Board last week that the entrance bridge over the creek was completed on Tuesday.
Now planning will turn to the twin bridges near the gymnasium entrance and the bridge near the football stadium and North Westmoreland Career and Technology Centre. These elements of the project have not received formal school board approval.
The costliest part of the proposed $1.1 million overhaul would be the twin pedestrian bridges.
Patton said he was asked to “do something with the lackluster look.” Pre-engineered ADA ramps would be part of the new look along with a landscaped staging area and a patch of artificial grass near where the military honors display is located.
The other bridge has damaged curbs and railings due to vehicle accidents. Patton said the sides of the bridge would be extended on both sides and that the bridge’s substructure is “in good condition.”
Coincidentally, the plan to connect the parking lot to the stadium area was unveiled on the 75th anniversary of the sports facility, which opened on September 6, 1947. The stadium was built 10 years before the high school on land donated by Alcoa.
“This (plan) is something to think about and discuss,” Patton said.
School board chairman Timothy Beckes said the plan has the ability to fit into the school district’s budget.
George Guido is a contributing writer for Tribune-Review.