The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is currently performing preliminary engineering and environmental studies for a planned project to rehabilitate the existing National Register-Listed SR 0462 Veterans Memorial Bridge (also known as the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge). This bridge carries SR 0462 over the Susquehanna River and is located in West Hempfield Township and Columbia Borough in Lancaster County and Wrightsville Borough in York County.
The purpose of the project is to ensure the structural adequacy and modern functionality of the bridge, including effective connections with adjacent intersections, and to provide for safe access and use by pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles.
The bridge rehabilitation scope includes deck and barriers replacement and strengthening and repairs to the bridge underside.
Five additional area enhancements have been identified to address specific needs and goals. These include:
- Connecting SR 462 Bike Route S (435 miles long) to Columbia Borough’s Northwest River Trail and River Park;
- Connecting SR 462 Bike Route S to Wrightsville Borough’s Mason-Dixon Trail and Riverfront Park;
- Potentially adding under-bridge lighting to help increase safety of the annual mayfly issue and enhance aesthetics of the historic bridge;
- Improving the 5-point Wrightsville Borough intersection immediately at the western end of the bridge (during bridge detour phase); and
- Adding an aesthetic and traffic calming median feature at the eastern end of the bridge near the SR 462 intersection with Rotary Park in Columbia Borough
The project, once more fully developed, would be anticipated to be bid sometime after the Fall of 2023, subject to all approvals, environmental clearances, and funding availability.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation planned to hold a Public “Open House Meeting on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 for the SR 462 Veterans Memorial (Columbia-Wrightsville) Bridge Rehabilitation Project. However, per guidance issued by the Governor’s office on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and as a precaution to the welfare of the community and the project team, this meeting has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.