York City bridge closed for project starting Monday

Greg Gross
  • The West Princess Street bridge will be closed starting Monday for a nearly $2 million project.

A bridge over the Codorus Creek in York City will be closed until fall starting Monday for a nearly $2 million replacement project.

The York County-owned West Princess Street bridge will have its superstructure, the part of a bridge that is driven on, replaced.

The bridge is expected to remain closed through mid-October, according to a news release from York County.

During that time, a detour by way of West College Avenue and West King Street will be posted to aid motorists. About 8,100 vehicles travel the bridge daily, the release said.

Officials previously deemed the bridge structurally deficient and lowered its weight restriction.

The work: County commissioners approved a $1.97 million contract in January with Dauphin County-based Deblin Inc. to do the work.

At the time, Steve Malesker, an engineer with the York City-based firm C.S. Davidson, told commissioners the bridge abutments are still in good shape, and that means cost-savings for the county.

Officials had explored 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.

The 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.