On Monday February 24th PennDOT will begin the first steps toward the removal and replacement of a bridge that carries Main Street across French Creek in the town of Cambridge Springs in Crawford County. While work is underway the traffic detour using Grant and McClellan Streets will remain in place and a new pedestrian detour utilizing Railroad Street as well as Grant and McClellan. A Mercer based contractor named Clearwater Construction will perform the task of dismantling the old structure which has been standing since 1901. PennDOT estimates that a new bridge should be open before the end of October and fully installed by December 7th of this year.
Pennsylvania’s own version of the GI Bill is receiving national attention of the good kind. The Military Family Education Program, which is also known as the Pennsylvania GI Bill, can provide up to 10 semesters of tuition free education for any school in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to the spouses and children of any member of the PA National Guard who re-enlists for a six year term. The law came into effect last July and already has had about 700 families sign on so far in its first year.