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PennDOT Schedules Setting Beams on I-83 North Bridge over Rt. 851 in Shrewsbury Township, York County


​Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that starting at 9:00 PM Monday, February 17, through 5:00 AM Tuesday, February 18, its contractor will restrict northbound Interstate 83 to a single lane at Exit 4 to set five new bridge beams on the northbound I-83 bridge over Route 851 just east of Shrewsbury Borough in southern York County.

PennDOT advises motorists that northbound I-83 will be restricted to a single lane for the duration of this bridge work. Traffic stoppages will impact travelers on northbound I-83 as well as Route 851 under the bridge.

This section of northbound I-83 averages 22,800 vehicles traveled daily while Route 851 averages 10,500 vehicles traveled daily underneath the interstate.

The contractor will be conducting multiple rolling roadblocks on northbound I-83 between 10:00 PM and 4:00 AM for crews to lift five 68-foot long reinforced concrete bridge beams from a flat-bed truck and safely set each of them onto the new bridge that will carry northbound I-83 over Route 851. Flaggers will assist in stopping traffic on Route 851 for approximately 15 minutes for each beam setting.

Crews are tentatively scheduled to set five additional beams for the southbound I-83 bridge over Route 851 on Thursday night, February 20, weather permitting.

This work is part of a $29.9 million Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) construction contract awarded to Kinsley Construction, Inc. of the City of York, York County. The project includes replacing the northbound and southbound bridges that carry I-83 over Route 851 with two-span structures allowing enough clearance for Route 851 to be widened to four lanes and realigned into the DDI configuration. Work under this contract will also lengthen and reconstruct the on and off ramps within the interchange, replace the culvert that carries Deer Creek beneath the interchange, and install traffic signals, drainage, sidewalks, stormwater management facilities, highway lighting, guiderail, signs, and pavement markings.

Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction along I-83 during construction except for short-term off-peak lane closures to adjust traffic patterns. PennDOT expects the project to be completed in the Summer of 2021.

Travelers are reminded to be alert for these operations, to obey work zone signs, and to use caution when driving through work zones for their safety, as well as for the safety of the road crews.

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Source: PennDOT Engineering District 8