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Route 216 bridge near Glen Rock closed starting Monday
Drivers taking the Route 216 bridge near Glen Rock will have to take a detour or find another way come Monday. PennDOT announced Friday that the bridge, at the Shrewsbury-Codorus Township line, will be closed for nearly eight months.
Route 216, known locally as Sticks Road, has more than 3,300 vehicles travel on it daily, according to the release. Drivers looking to use the bridge should allot more time for travel and use Fissels Church Road and Pleasant Valley Road as a detour, according to PennDOT.
The existing bridge, a two-span, concrete-in-place T-beam bridge, is nearly 90 years old, built in 1927, and is considered "structurally deficient," according to PennDOT.
Impact: Glen Rock Borough Council President Ben Wetzel said the bridge closure will have quite an impact.
"For the borough, I mean, it's going to be a hardship," he said.
One of Wetzel's biggest concerns with the closure is the detours and how it affects traffic, specifically larger trucks, such as 18-wheelers. He thinks it will be difficult for those driving them to get around the town.
“It isn’t going to be the easiest thing,” he said.
Despite the potential issues he foresees with larger trucks, he is confident commuters will get used to the detours.
As a businessman, though, Wetzel is concerned as well. Wetzel runs Wetzel's Market at 139 Manchester St., which he said will suffer because of the detour.
“Where the detour is taking you and bringing you back in, you’re missing my store,” he said.
He said his business and the businesses near him will suffer because the detour will make it more difficult for customers to come in and shop.
“Unless we are the destination, you’re going to completely pass us over,” he said.
“Any time you make it more difficult to come to a place, you’ll be less inclined to go there,” he said. "Anything that deters you from coming to that business, it's bad for that business."
In wake of the detour, Wetzel said there is little to be done to combat the detour and its effects, aside from advertising.
"There's nothing more that we're going to be able to do extra," he said.
Wetzel is hopeful that the closure will take less than the projected 238 days.
“Maybe they’re 100 percent right on what they’re saying," he said. "I’m just hoping they’re giving a worse-case scenario.”
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at email@example.com.