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PennDOT to Replace Lancaster Street Bridge in Jonestown


Lancaster Street bridge over Little Swatara Creek to be closed for up to 207 days.

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that on Monday, May 4, weather permitting, its contractor will resume preparatory work on a project to replace the bridge that carries Lancaster Street over the Little Swatara Creek at the Jonestown Borough-Swatara Township Line in Lebanon County.

This portion of Lancaster Street, officially designated State Route 1003, averages more than 2,500 vehicles traveled daily.

PennDOT advises travelers that starting Monday, May 11 the Lancaster Street bridge over Little Swatara Creek will be closed to through traffic between Quarry Road and Mill Street for up to 207 days while the existing 70-year-old four-span steel I-beam bridge is removed and replaced. A detour which follows Market Street, Jonestown Road, Route 72, New Bunkerhill Street, and Old Jonestown Road will be available for motorists.

PennDOT awarded the $3,858,574 design-build contract on June 8, 2018, to Lobar Site Development Corporation of Dillsburg Borough, York County. Work includes the design, removal, and replacement of the existing structure over the Little Swatara Creek with a new structure that will accommodate two 11-foot lanes, an 8-foot wide shoulder on the northbound side, and a 6-foot wide shoulder on the southbound side, full-depth approach construction, drainage work, and new guiderail, signs and pavement markings.

Work under this construction contract is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020.

Work on this project will be in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job-site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the jobsite, and relevant training.

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Source: PennDOT Engineering District 8