York City's West Princess Street bridge to close for 6 months

Greg Gross
  • The West Princess Street bridge will be closed at the end of March.
  • It is expected to reopen in the fall.
  • The cost of the replacement project is $2 million

A bridge over the Codorus Creek in York City will be closed for six months starting later this year for a nearly $2 million replacement project.

West Princess St. bridge. John Pavoncello

The York County-owned West Princess Street bridge will have its superstructure, the part of a bridge that is driven on, replaced during the project, said Steve Malesker, an engineer with the York City-based firm C.S. Davidson.

The bridge abutments are still in good shape, and that means cost-savings for the county, he told commissioners.

Officials previously deemed the bridge structurally deficient, Malesker said.

Commissioner inked a deal with Deblin Inc., of Mechanicsburg, for the work at their weekly meeting on Wednesday.

Closure: The bridge, located between South Pershing Avenue and South Newberry Street, will be closed at the end of March to allow crews to take on the work.

"So by the fall it should be open again," Malesker said.

Officials had explored the option of keeping one lane of the bridge open during the project, like they did with the West Philadelphia Street bridge replacement project last year.

But closing the bridge to traffic will allow crews to work more quickly and efficiently. There are also numerous alternative routes in the area motorists can take to get around the closed bridge, he said.

"It shouldn't be too much of a hassle to get around," Malesker said.

The $2 million cost of the replacement project will come from the county's portion of Marcellus Shale Legacy funds, money paid to the state by natural gas drillers.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.