Emergency contract awarded for Codorus Creek wall collapse repair

A Philadelphia-based construction company will be handling the repairs for the Codorus Creek wall that collapsed last week in York City and is restricting traffic on the West Philadelphia Street bridge, according to officials.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Baltimore District said in a news release Tuesday, July 31, that work on the wall — which is near the Philadelphia Street bridge — will be done by Cromery Construction Corp., a small business out of Philadelphia.

A lane on the Philadelphia Street Bridge was closed after a retaining wall collapsed below it along the Codorus Creek Thursday, July 26, 2018. Bill Kalina photo

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The $357,846 emergency contract was awarded Monday, July 30, according to the release.

Sara Lazo, public affairs specialist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Baltimore District, said the contractor is aiming to have construction complete within 30 days.

The south lane of Philadelphia Street over the bridge and south side pedestrian sidewalk is closed, the city said last week in a news release. Philip Given, chief of staff for York City Mayor Michael Helfrich, confirmed the road is still partially closed as of Tuesday.

On Thursday, July 26, the retaining wall collapsed because of the rain. York County was hit by more than 10 inches of rain between Saturday, July 21, and Wednesday, July 24, according to weather officials.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.