July 14th, 2011
GRANTHAM, Pa. (July 14, 2011) — The iconic covered bridge that spans the Yellow Breeches Creek on Messiah College’s Grantham campus is getting a facelift this summer. The bridge, constructed in 1867 and moved from Bowmansdale in 1972, is structurally sound. The restoration work primarily involves replacing wood siding and cedar shingles.
Messiah has contracted with Fitzgerald’s Heavy Timber Construction, Inc. based in Thurmont, Md. for the restoration work. Fitzgerald’s is using modern equipment and vintage machinery to maintain the historical integrity of the bridge.
The bridge has been closed to vehicle and foot traffic during restoration. It is expected to reopen in mid-August.
About Fitzgerald’s Heavy Timber Construction, Inc.
Fitzgerald’s Heavy Timber Construction, Inc. is a full-service timber framing specialist furnishing elegant, cost-effective building solutions by combining traditional craftsmanship and technical innovation. Their core business is the application of heavy timber framing techniques for new timber frame construction and the restoration of historic landmarks.
About Messiah College
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls 2,900 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.