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Cumberland County gets AAA bond rating; commissioners award bridge bid

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The Cumberland County commissioners awarded a $650,466 bid Monday for the replacement of Enck's Mill Road Bridge.

The contract went to Redrock Construction of Mifflintown.

Last month, the commissioners approved the acquisition of land by eminent domain, if needed, from three Dickinson Township properties in order to complete bridge repairs.

The county-owned Enck's Mill bridge spans the Yellow Breeches Creek and is one of several that need to be replaced in the county. The commissioners are considering a $5 vehicle registration fee to help raise the estimated $5 million needed for the work.

Cumberland County officials have said seven bridges need replacing by 2020. Craighead Bridge in South Middleton Township and Wolf Bridge in Middlesex Township were closed last year.

Hampden Township's Orrs Bridge and the Enck's Mill bridge are more immediate concerns, officials have said.

In other news, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services assigned an AAA long-term rating, with a stable outlook, to the county's series 2014 general obligation bonds and affirmed the AAA rating on the county's existing debt.

The county's budgetary flexibility remains "very strong" with general fund reserves above 30 percent of expenditures for the past several years, despite consecutive draw downs in 2011 and 2012, commissioners said in a news release.

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