Months of lane restrictions expected at key bridge damaged in crash: PennDOT

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch

Lane restrictions could be in place for months following a crash that severely damaged the Queen Street bridge near Interstate 83, according to state officials. 

The Route 74 bridge — near Exit 16 on Interstate 83 in York Township — reopened on Monday morning after being closed all weekend, but, according to PennDOT, more work will need to be completed at the site.

"This will probably be in place for months, until a more permanent repair can be made," said PennDOT spokesperson David Thompson. "We’re not sure if there will be major traffic delays, but there may be slow moving traffic or congestion during peak hours."

Traffic moves along Interstate 83 after repairs were made to the Queen Street overpass Monday, Feb. 28, 2022. A single southbound lane on Queen Street has been reopened after the bridge was closed for repairs required from a Thursday crash. Bill Kalina photo

The Route 74 bridge sees about 20,000 cars in both directions per day, Thompson said.

It was damaged when a vehicle hit the structure Thursday evening while traveling north on I-83. The crash caused "severe damage to the fascia beam," Thompson said.

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A single southbound lane is reopened on the Queen Street overpass of Interstate 83 Monday, Feb. 28, 2022. It was closed for repairs after the bridge was damaged in a crash Thursday. Bill Kalina photo

During emergency construction repairs, workers hit a natural gas line — which shut down South Queen Street and I-83 on Saturday, according to York Township Emergency Management Agency's Facebook page. By Monday evening, one southbound lane remained closed.

York Township officials did not return calls seeking comment Monday.

For more information on major roadways, visit 511PA. Free and available 24 hours a day, the service provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to traffic cameras. It is also available through a smartphone app or by calling 5-1-1.

The Route 74 bridge will be closed through at least 6 a.m. Monday for repairs. The detour is shown in orange on the map.

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.