Norman Wood Bridge opens to all traffic

Written by Brandie Kessler/York Daily Record | Nov 3, 2015 10:21 AM

PennDOT and consultants inspect additional spans on Tuesday September 29, 2015 after a crack was found Monday and the Norman Wood Bridge was closed. Paul Kuehnel - York Daily Record/ Sunday News (Photo: Paul Kuehnel)

(Undated) -- The Norman Wood Bridge over the Susquehanna River has been opened to all traffic, said Greg Penny, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

"We're, right now, in the process of restoring the Norman Wood Bridge to all traffic," Penny said shortly after noon Monday. "Which means no more weight restrictions, no more width restrictions."

The bridge was closed Sept. 28 after an 8-foot crack was discovered. It was reopened with weight and width restrictions Oct. 16, while repairs were being made, Penny said. During that time, it was closed to vehicles that weighed more than 5 tons and were wider than 8 feet, Penny said.

A single-lane restriction will remain in place during daylight hours until the steel girder is painted, he said. But truck traffic and larger vehicles will be able to cross, Penny said.

"If you're driving an RV or a tractor trailer, you can go over it now," he said, adding the single-lane restriction will not be in effect during the nighttime hours.

In September, an early routine inspection of the Norman Wood Bridge uncovered the 8-foot-long crack, prompting its immediate closure. The bridge was scheduled for inspection next spring, but the inspection was moved earlier to avoid the breeding season for falcons in the area, Penny said.

The two-lane, 21-span bridge that carries Rt. 372 was built in 1968. An average of 4,300 vehicles cross it daily between Lower Chanceford Township in York County and Martic Township in Lancaster County.

An inspector found the vertical crack in one of the girders closer to the York County side, Penny said. He described it as a "significant crack." The crack did not exist when inspectors took a look at the span in March.

This article comes to us through a partnership between York Daily Record and WITF.

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