PennDOT District 8 recently announced that July 17, between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning, crews will close the southbound I-83 ramp to U.S. Route 30 East at Exit 21 in Manchester Township, York County. This closure was rescheduled since work operations on July 13 were cancelled due to rain.
Due to the close proximity of this ramp to the I-83 bridge backwall, the ramp will be closed for up to 160 days during I-83 bridge rehab operations in order to safely maintain traffic. Until then I-83 motorists headed to U.S. Route 30 will be directed off at Exit 22 and follow North George Street to U.S. Route 30.
Repairs to the 54-year-old I-83 bridge over U.S. Route 30 are necessary in order to maintain the serviceability of this structure until funds are available for more extensive work.
The $2,272,448 contract was awarded on March 13 to G.A. & F.C. Wagman, Inc., of York, York County, and includes deck patching, expansion joint replacement, backwall replacement and bearing replacement.
PennDOT advises travelers on I-83 near Exit 21 and U.S. Route 30 that they may encounter lane restrictions between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. as crews prepare to shift all travel lanes to the southbound side of the interstate in order to maintain four lanes of travel during non-working hours for overnight bridge repairs. This section of I-83 averages 49,000 vehicles traveled daily.
Motorists are advised to be alert for this operation, to obey work zone signs, and to slow down when approaching and traveling through work zones, not only for their safety, but for the safety of the road crews.
At times it will be necessary to detour I-83 traffic between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. in order to jack up the bridge and replace the concrete bearings. PennDOT will issue a traffic advisory when this work is scheduled.
Repairs under this construction contract are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013.
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