Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that during the week of July 23, weather permitting, its contractor is scheduled to begin shoulder reconstruction on the approaches to the bridge that carries Route 72 over Chiques Creek at the Rapho-Penn Township Line in northern Lancaster County. This work is in preparation to set structure mounted concrete barrier and shift traffic to the east side of the bridge to begin staged demolition and reconstruction of the west half of the span that was built in 1974.
PennDOT awarded the $874,119 contract on April 24, 2018, to C. H. & D. Enterprises, Inc. of New Stanton, Westmoreland County, which includes bituminous shoulder reconstruction, demolition of the existing 44-year-old non-composite pre-stressed concrete adjacent box beam superstructure and replacement with a composite pre-stressed concrete spread box beam superstructure under staged construction, minor roadway approach work, and new guiderail, signs and pavement markings.
PennDOT advises travelers that the contractor will not restrict travel lanes between 6:00 AM and 8:30 AM, and between 3:30 PM and 6:00 PM. Eventually both travel lanes of Route 72 will be shifted to one side of the bridge over Chiques Creek while crews remove and replace one half of the superstructure at a time. Bridge work is scheduled to be completed by mid-May 2019.
This portion of Route 72, locally known as Lebanon Road, averages between 11,600 to 12,000 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.
Pennsylvania has some of the oldest bridges in the country, with their average age over 50 years. 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.
For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.
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