Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that on Wednesday, June 27, weather permitting, its contractor will set channelizing devices restricting travel to a single lane in each direction as crews begin to repair the deck and superstructure of the bridge that carries Route 23 over the Conestoga River between Pleasure Road and the ramp for U.S. Route 30 East at the City of Lancaster-East Lampeter Township Line in Lancaster County. The existing eight-span, pre-stressed concrete spread box beam bridge was built in 1992.
PennDOT awarded the $1,085,721 contract on April 20, 2018, to J. D. Eckman, Inc. of Atglen, Chester County. Work includes minor concrete superstructure and substructure repairs, concrete bridge deck repairs, bridge deck resurfacing with a polyester polymer-modified concrete overlay, and new guiderail, signs and pavement markings.
Pennsylvania has some of the oldest bridges in the country, with their average age over 50 years. Preventative maintenance is extremely important in extending the life a structure. PennDOT inspects most state bridges at least once every two years. Based on inspection results or structural needs, PennDOT schedules bridge replacements or structural repairs to steel or concrete components.
PennDOT advises motorists that Route 23 will be restricted to a single lane in each direction over the Conestoga River until April 2019 while the bridge deck is repaired. Work under this construction contract is scheduled to be completed in April 2019.
This portion of Route 23, locally know as East Walnut Street, averages more than 16,300 vehicles traveled daily. To avoid delays, travelers should allow for additional time in their plans or seek an alternate route.
Motorists are reminded to be alert for these operations, to obey work zone signs, and to slow down when approaching and traveling through work zones, not only for their safety, but for the safety of the road crews.