The reconstructed superstructure of the Siegrist Covered Bridge was lifted in place across the Big Chiques Creek Tuesday. This represents a major milestone in replacing the bridge which was originally built in 1885.
On September 21, 2011, flooding from Tropical Storm Lee washed the Big Chiques #6, Siegrist Covered Bridge off of its abutments. The Lancaster County Facilities Management Department coordinated the recovery of the bridge from the stream and successfully obtained FEMA and PEMA funding for its replacement. RETTEW, the County’s engineer, prepared plans and obtained the necessary permits for the reconstruction of the bridge.
On October 31, 2012, Bulldog Construction from Coatesville, Pa. was awarded a contract in the amount of $674,421.00 to reconstruct the bridge and raise the abutments two feet to help avoid future flooding damage. Lancaster Timber Framers subcontracted to Bulldog Construction the rehabilitation of the bridge.