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Construction Project Underway to Replace Herr Street Bridge over Paxton Creek


Harrisburg, PA – Construction work is underway to replace the bridge that carries Herr Street over Paxton Street in the City of Harrisburg. The bridge is located just west of the Subway restaurant, between Cameron Street and the railroad bridges for Norfolk Southern and Amtrak. Herr Street, officially designated as State Route 3018, is a major commuter route between Cameron Street and downtown Harrisburg and the Capitol Complex. The bridge carries an average daily traffic volume of 12,345 vehicles.

With the exception of 10-day road closure scheduled for late summer. motorists are advised there will be no daytime traffic lane restrictions, especially during the early morning and late afternoon commuter rush hours. Motorists should be prepared to encounter traffic lane restrictions during the overnight hours from 7 PM to 6 AM weekdays, with flaggers assisting them through the work area. On weekends, the contractor will be responsible for maintaining one lane of traffic in each direction. Motorists should be alert to the construction activity, obey work zone signing, and slow down when approaching and traveling through the work zone.
This project involves accelerated bridge construction. The contractor will build the new bridge superstructure in a nearby lot along Herr Street. In August, the contractor anticipates closing Herr Street for approximately 10 days and detouring traffic while the existing bridge is removed and the newly-built superstructure is set in place. PennDOT will announce the closure and detour route in advance, after the dates have been finalized. Between now and August, the contractor will build the new superstructure and prepare the site for the new bridge. This will include utility companies relocating their facilities in preparation for the new structure.
PennDOT has contracted with J.D. Eckman, Inc. of Atglen, Pennsylvania, to replace the Herr Street bridge at a cost of $3,127,043. This is a design/build contract in which J.D. Eckman has also been responsible for some of the design requirements for the removal of the existing bridge and construction of the new bridge. The existing bridge was built in 1920 and is currently classified as structurally deficient due to its age and deterioration. The overall project should wrap up by the end of summer.