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PennDOT Removes Weight Restriction on Norman Wood Bridge

11/02/2015

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today removed the temporary vehicle weight and width restrictions on the Route 372 Norman Wood Bridge over the Susquehanna River between Lancaster and York counties. The temporary traffic signals that had been in place since October 16 to control the alternate directions of traffic have also been removed.

PennDOT advises travelers that traffic will continue to be restricted to a single lane with flaggers alternating traffic through the work zone on weekdays during daylight hours as bridge crews continue making repairs at other locations on the bridge and painting the restored areas using a snooper crane and platform truck. These daytime lane restrictions will continue for several weeks.

The Norman Wood Bridge is a two-lane, 21-span structure that was built in 1968 and carries on average a little more than 4,300 vehicles a day. The bridge had been closed to all traffic from September 28 to October 16 after bridge inspectors discovered a large vertical crack in a steel girder on the north side of the bridge. The girder has been repaired by bolting two steel plates over the crack.

PennDOT’s contractor, J.D. Eckman, Inc. of Atglen, Pa., began working on repairs on October 5. The bridge was reopened to one lane on October 16, with restrictions prohibiting vehicles weighing more than 5 tons and greater than 8 feet in width.