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PennDOT to Replace North Third Street Span in Denver; Cocalico Creek bridge in Denver Borough to be closed for up to 166 days.


Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that on Monday, January 21, weather permitting, its contractor will close the bridge that carries North Third Street over Cocalico Creek in Denver Borough, Lancaster County, as crews begin demolition of the existing span. This work marks the start of a project to remove and replace the bridge superstructure.

PennDOT awarded the $927,127 contract on November 6, 2018, to Lobar Site Development Corporation of Dillsburg, York County. Work includes removing the existing 47-year-old single-span composite prestressed concrete adjacent box beam superstructure and replacing it with a composite prestressed concrete spread box beam superstructure, minor roadway approach work, and new guiderail, signs and pavement markings.

North Third Street averages nearly 4,000 vehicles traveled daily. Even though North Third Street is a borough street the bridge over Cocalico Creek is state owned.

PennDOT advises motorists that North Third Street will be closed to through traffic over Cocalico Creek for up to 166 days while the superstructure is replaced. Until then, a detour which follows Monroe Street, Snyder Street, and Main Street is available for motorists. Trucks will be directed to follow Monroe Street, Snyder Street, Denver Road, Kurtz Road, Route 272, Church Street, Main Street, Sixth Street, and Locust Street. The contractor has also agreed to open the bridge to pedestrians by May 31, 2019, in time for the opening of the Denver Community Pool.

Milling and paving work may be conducted after the bridge is opened to traffic under short-term single-lane alternating traffic patterns. Work under this construction contract is scheduled to be completed in mid-July.

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