Work planned on Slate Hill Road bridge in Fairview Twp.
Clearance bars will be added to a bridge that connects York and Cumberland counties, and that's just the first improvement planned for the structurally deficient bridge, officials said.
The bars, which will be set at a height of 7½ feet, are expected to be installed on both sides of the Limekiln Road/Slate Hill Road bridge by Monday, June 11, according to a joint news release from Fairview and Lower Allen townships.
The stone-masonry arch bridge spans the Yellow Breeches Creek, was built in 1899 and currently has a weight limit of 3 tons — which drivers of overweight vehicles often ignore, according to the release.
The release states that the bridge, owned by York County, is structurally deficient and functionally obsolete.
Officials said it's hoped the clearance bars will reduce the size of trucks that use the bridge, which in turn will help keep overweight vehicles from using it.
York County spokesman Mark Walters said there's a pending motion before the York County commissioners to approve paying C.S. Davidson Inc., the county's bridge engineer, about $338,300 to work on the design phase for the bridge upgrade.
The project would be funded with the state's local-use fund, Walters said.
He explained that the fund comes from a $5 fee recently added to vehicle registrations in York County.
More information about the Slate Hill bridge can be found at HistoricBridges.org.
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