Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that at 9:00 PM Monday night, May 13, weather permitting, its contractor will close the left lane of southbound U.S. 222 and set a long-term single-lane traffic pattern between Glenwood Drive and Pleasant Valley Road as crews begin mainline bridge rehabilitation work in the Ephrata area of northeastern Lancaster County. Bridge repairs will begin in the left lane and shoulder of southbound U.S. 222 and continue for approximately six weeks until the end of June then shift to the right lane and shoulder of southbound U.S. 222 for an additional six weeks until th emiddle of August.
PennDOT advises travelers that starting Monday, May 13, and continuing through mid-August, motorists should expect long-term single-lane restrictions during bridge rehabilitation work on mainline U.S. 222 in the southbound lanes over Glenwood Drive and Pleasant Valley Road. Bridge rehab work will then be conducted from mid-August through November 22 on mainline U.S. 222 in the northbound lanes over Pleasant Valley Road and Glenwood Drive.
U.S. 222 southbound averages more than 25,000 vehicles traveled daily. To avoid delays, travelers should allow for additional time in their plans or seek an alternate route.
This work is part of a $5,088,332 contract being conducted by Kinsley Construction Co. of the City of York, York County, to rehabilitate four U.S. 222 mainline bridges and five overhead bridges. The contractor will make use of longer days this time of year and work between dawn and 8:00 PM when weather permits. Mainline bridge work includes both partial-depth and full-depth concrete bridge deck repairs, expansion joint replacement (including demolition of approximately a 5’x20’x1’ section of concrete at each joint for half of the bridge width) , repair damaged bridge railing, resurface the deck with a latex-modified concrete overlay (remove 1.25” of the top layer of concrete and place concrete overlay), beam repairs, and concrete slope wall repairs.
The expansion joint replacement and associated work requires bridge demolition that cannot be done within a short-term lane closure due to the safety of motorists and construction workers. Staged construction is conducted in this manor to minimize the impacts to the traveling public by repairing one half of the bridge in only one direction at a time. Additionally a single lane of traffic will be maintained throughout the construction limits as the distance between the bridges prevents the safe transition from a single lane operation at the Glenwood Drive end of the project to two lanes between the bridges then back into a single lane prior to the work at the Pleasant Valley Road end of the project.
Similar work was completed last year on the East Mohler Church Road bridge over U.S. 222 as well as concrete bridge deck and beam repairs, and minor drainage work on the Miley Road, Pool Road, and Peach Road bridges over U.S. 222 in West Earl Township, and the Kramer Mill Road bridge over U.S. 222 in East Cocalico Township.
Travelers are reminded to be alert for roadway construction operations, to obey work zone signs, and to slow down when approaching and traveling through work zones for their safety as well as for the safety of the road crews.
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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