The damaged beam was removed from Burgs Lane bridge Wednesday morning. Route 30 eastbound reopened Wednesday night, and Burgs Lane is expected to reopen mid-day Thursday.

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UPDATE: Route 30 eastbound  between Hellam Township and Wrightsville was reopened to traffic at approximately 8:50 p.m. on Wednesday, according to state Department of Transportation spokesman Greg Penny.

The 10-mile stretch had been closed since Monday night, when a truck carrying a backhoe struck and damaged a beam on the underpass of Burgs Lane Bridge, and PennDOT officials had originally predicted the route would remain closed until Friday afternoon.

Burgs Lane bridge, which has been closed to traffic since Tuesday, is expected to reopen "around mid-day Thursday," according to Penny. A separate project will be developed in the future to repair the bridge with a new beam.

PREVIOUS: The department contracted J.D. Eckman, Inc., of Atglen, Chester County, which assembled a crane on sight and removed the damaged beam just after 3 a.m. Wednesday, according to PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny.

The department had been concerned the beam might fall onto motorists driving under the bridge, according to Penny.

J.D. Eckman is currently in the process of breaking the beam into smaller pieces to be transported to a waste site. Once that's complete, the contractor will break down the crane and remove equipment from the job site.

Penny wrote in an email Wednesday that this remaining work may be completed and Route 30 eastbound reopened to traffic "by this evening, possibly even late this afternoon."

Traffic on the road has been directed to Route 462 through Hellam and Wrightsville. Route 462 has experienced major delays as a result.

Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com.

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