PennDOT to replace bridge on Route 74 starting Monday
A project to remove and replace the Route 74 bridge at the West Manchester-Dover Township line in York County will close half of the bridge through April of next year.
the project was originally slated to begin Tuesday, Jan. 23, but it was delayed and is now scheduled to start Monday, Jan. 29, with installation of materials on the embankment to prevent erosion into the creek, said Mike Crochunis, of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
The work will not affect traffic initially, but eventually, a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation contractor will restrict the bridge that crosses Little Conewago Creek to a single 11-foot lane of traffic in each direction.
The bridge on Route 74, known locally as Carlisle Road, sees an average of more than 21,000 vehicles daily.
Steve Chronister, a manager at family-run Grandview Golf Club, which runs parallel to the bridge on one side, is not concerned about the effect of traffic changes.
"Traffic will be moving slower," he said, but that "has minimal effect on us."
Chronister said one lane on each side will remain open, which is what the bridge normally has. The biggest impact was several months ago, when poles and power lines were put in along the bridge, forcing northbound and southbound traffic into one lane.
One benefit of the upcoming construction was the removal of about a half a dozen trees beside the bridge, he said, because it provides a better view of the golf course.
The more-than $3 million project awarded to York City contractor Kinsley Construction Inc. will remove and replace the 69-year-old two-span bridge, which is structurally deficient, widen and reconstruct the approach pavement, upgrade drainage and put in a new guiderail, signs and pavement markings.
Replacing the bridge, built in 1949, will remove it from the list of structurally deficient bridges.
For more information on current PennDOT projects or those being bid this year, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.