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PennDOT to Replace Conestoga River Bridge East of Brownstown; West Farmersville Road bridge in West Earl Township to be closed for up to 280 days.


Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that on Wednesday, February 6, weather permitting, its contractor will close the bridge that carries West Farmersville Road over the Conestoga River and begin a project to remove and replace the existing bridge east of the Village of Brownstown in West Earl Township, Lancaster County.

PennDOT advises travelers that the West Farmersville Road bridge over the Conestoga River will be closed to through traffic for up to 280 days while the existing concrete arch structure is removed and replaced. Until then, a detour which follows Locust Street, Route 772, and Main Street is available for motorists. This portion of West Farmersville Road, officially designated as State Route 1010, averages more than 1,300 vehicles traveled daily.

PennDOT awarded the $2,074,909 contract on October 2, 2018, to Grace Industries, Inc. of Bath, Northampton County. Work includes replacing the existing 102-year-old three-span concrete arch structure with a new three-span Conspan structure, approach pavement work, new guiderail, signs and pavement markings.

The existing bridge was built in 1917 and has a posted 15-ton weight limit. Once it is replaced and the roadway is restored to traffic, the weight limit will be removed from the new bridge.

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-April 2020.

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