Green Lane Farms bridge to reopen, connects York, Cumberland counties

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
  • Green Lane Farms bridge, which connects Fairview and Lower Allen townships, will reopen on Friday, Sept. 1, officials said.

A bridge that connects York and Cumberland counties and spans the Yellow Breeches Creek will reopen to traffic later this week, county officials said.

The Green Lane Farms bridge has been closed for the past four months for repairs and rehabilitation, according to a news release from Cumberland County's communications director, Rachel Bryson.

It will reopen Friday, Sept. 1, she wrote.

The Green Lane Farms bridge, which spans the Yellow Breeches Creek and connects York and Cumberland Counties, has reopened after four months of rehabilitation, officials announced on Aug. 29, 2017.
(Photo courtesy of HistoricBridges.org)

The bridge carries traffic on Green Lane Drive over the creek, connecting Fairview Township in York County with Lower Allen Township in Cumberland County.

The bridge is jointly owned by both counties, which shared the $468,000 cost of the repairs, the release states.

Nearly 3,000 vehicles traveled the bridge daily before it was closed, according to Bryson.

Built in 1889, the bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and Bryson's release states that the repairs preserved the bridge's "historic character while enhancing its ability to safely carry traffic."

Rehabilitating the Green Lane Farms bridge is part of the York County Bridge Plan and Cumberland County's Bridge Capital Improvement Plan. The plans detail nearly $39 million worth of bridge projects over the next several years, Bryson wrote.

The projects are expected to cost York County $25 million and Cumberland County $14 million, her release states.

Funding for the projects comes from the $5 vehicle-registration fee approved by York County commissioners last year and by Cumberland County commissioners in 2015, she wrote.

The fee is expected to generate about $2 million for York County and about $1.1 million for Cumberland County, and the money will "address critical bridge needs," according to Bryson.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.