The ramp from northbound Interstate 81 onto westbound Route 22/322 in Dauphin County reopened late Wednesday, more than seven months after it was damaged in a fiery tractor-trailer crash.
Contractor J.D. Eckman, Inc., of Atglen, Pa., completed repairs on the ramp at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Work included replacing the concrete deck of the ramp and repairing the steel beams and piers supporting the ramp. The steel beams will be painted in the spring.
The May 9 crash also damaged the overhead bridge that carried eastbound Route 22 over I-81, and that bridge reopened last month. Altogether, PennDOT estimates that repairs from the crash cost $12 million to $13 million.
Thomas Uecker, 52, of Dover Township was driving a Kenworth tanker fully loaded with diesel fuel when he failed to negotiate a left curve and lost control on the I-81 northbound ramp onto Route 322 west. The truck hit a guard rail, traveled about 150 feet and hit a concrete barrier before flipping onto its side and bursting into flames.
Uecker suffered minor burns and was treated at Harrisburg Hospital. He received citations for causing an accident involving an overturned commercial vehicle, driving at an unsafe speed and failing to stay within his lane of travel.