Two years after rapid bridge replacement began in York County, four projects remain
Pennsylvania's Rapid Bridge Replacement Program has lived up to its name in York County.
Two years after the public-private project began, 12 of 16 structurally deficient local bridges have been replaced, and work on the remaining four spans should be complete by the end of the year.
The bridges are among 558 across the state targeted for replacement through the partnership between the state Department of Transportation and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners.
The deal requires Plenary to design and perform the work as well as maintain the bridges for 25 years.
PennDOT has said the work costs the company an average of $1.6 million per bridge, while it would have cost the department more than $2 million per bridge.
As of this spring, 390 bridges have been replaced across the state.
Plenary spokesman Rory McGlasson said that 12 bridges have been replaced since the project began in York County two years ago and that work is underway on the four remaining.
“They’ll be reopened and complete by the end of the year, if not sooner," he said.
Closures: The next bridge closure will be in northern York County, and work will start in July, McGlasson said. The bridge on Andersontown Road in Fairview Township and Lower Allen Township, Cumberland County, will close for construction starting the week of July 4, he said.
“That one should be finished by the end of October,” he said.
The most recent bridge closure in the county started Thursday, June 21, according to McGlasson. He said that the Route 616 (Seven Valleys Road) bridge, which spans Centerville Creek in Shrewsbury Township just outside Glen Rock, will remain closed for 10 weeks.
Another closure drivers are currently dealing with is the bridge on Spanglers Mill Road, in Fairview Township, McGlasson said. Construction started June 11 and will go into November, he said.
Those three bridges are the last of the 16 planned replacements in York County, he said.
One bridge that was closed for replacement last year is expected to open soon. McGlasson said the Route 124 bridge on East Prospect Road will open the weekend of June 25.
The project website states that construction began in December.
As with all bridge replacement projects, weather could affect the completion date, McGlasson noted.
While the project didn't start in York County until 2016, McGlasson said the project started statewide in 2015.
In a little more than three years, 418 of the 558 bridges have been completed as of June 21, McGlasson said.
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