Philadelphia Street in York to close to fix rails

Sean Philip Cotter, 505-5437/@SPCotterYD

The intersection of West Philadelphia and North Pershing streets will close next weekend as workers fix the loose railroad tracks that have plagued that intersection for years.

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The intersection, which is immediately before the Philadelphia Street bridge over the Codorus Creek, will close at 7 a.m. Friday and remain shut down until 7 a.m. the following Monday, Oct. 24, according to a news release from York City.

"It'll be an inconvenience," said York City public works director Jim Gross, "but it'll be a major improvement."

The York Railway Co. is undertaking the repairs, similar to ones the company did in the last few months where North Queen Street crosses rails near North Street, Gross said.

Drivers on the busy one-way West Philadelphia Street, which around the city's center serves as the westbound half of Route 462, often slow almost to a stop as they approach the loose tracks in the middle of that intersection even when the light's green, treating the rail crossing more or less as they would a speed bump before traversing the Philadelphia Street bridge.

Gross said the tracks are very rarely used by trains, but it happens sometimes. They are the same rails that run alongside the York County Heritage Rail Trail, which extends from the city to the county's southern border next to the tracks that lend it its name.

For those few days while the repairs are being made, the number of routes in the city across the creek will be particularly low — the Princess Street bridge that carries two-way traffic across the Codorus remains closed as crews replace it, as they did the eastbound-only Market Street bridge and the westbound-only Philadelphia Street bridge in the last few years.

Gross said the suggested detour for people heading west is to take George Street south to College Avenue and then take that two-way bridge over the creek, after which drivers can take Penn Street north to get back to West Philadelphia Street.

— Sean Cotter covers York City for The York Dispatch. Contact him or on Twitter at@SPCotterYD.