WILKES-BARRE, June 28, 2017 — Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced that the Department of Community and Economic Development (“DCED”) has awarded $1 million to finance the demolition of the Coxton Bridge.

The funds will be provided through the 2013 Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (“CDBG-DR”) Program, which provided federal disaster relief funds to Pennsylvania to revitalize communities damaged by Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene in 2011.

“Demolishing the Coxton Bridge eliminates a clear and present danger to the community,” said Senator Yudichak. “We cannot risk the collapse of the bridge that could dam the Susquehanna River, which would threaten surrounding properties in Exeter and Duryea.”

“With the $1 million award, the Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority can act swiftly to remove the dilapidated bridge from the river,” said Andy Reilly, Executive Director of the Redevelopment Authority. “The Redevelopment Authority is pleased to partner with DCED and the Department of Environmental Protection on this project.”

Senator Yudichak also thanked Representatives Aaron Kaufer and Mike Carroll for their support of the project as well as Mike Bedrin, Northeast Regional Director for DEP, for his help on identifying potential funding sources.

“It is undisputed that the Coxton Bridge has to be demolished as soon as possible,” said Mike Bedrin. “Protecting the integrity of the Susquehanna River is one of the highest priorities of DEP and because of governmental cooperation it will soon be down.”