When will Route 30 reopen? PennDOT answers

Written by WITF Staff Report and Abigail Geiger/York Daily Record | Nov 18, 2015 9:58 AM

Crews remove the damaged bridge beam from the Burgs Lane Bridge this morning around 3:00 a.m. (Courtesy of PennDOT)

(Undated) -- Work on a damaged Route 30 overpass between Hallam and Wrightsville in York County is expected to be completed today and eastbound lanes could reopen this evening.

Around 3:00 a.m. today, the contractor for PennDOT removed the damaged bridge beam on the Burgs Lane bridge over the eastbound lanes.

Crews are breaking apart the beam and cutting it into smaller pieces, so they can be removed and transported to a waste site.

The contractor will then begin to take down the crane  and move their equipment from the work site.

"We are very fortunate to have an "on-demand bridge contract" in place that can be used to respond and mobilize quickly in an emergency," says Mike Keiser, PennDOT district executive for south central Pennsylvania. "Our contractor was able to mobilize their equipment and personnel quickly - including a 500-ton crane, get on site, and remove the damaged beam that was in danger of falling on the roadway below. What could have taken days to accomplish is being done in short order - in little more than a day."

PennDOT expects the work to be completed and eastbound Route 30 reopened to traffic sometime this evening.

The Burgs Lane bridge over Route 30 should also be reopened tonight.

After all eastbound lanes of Route 30 between Hallam and Wrightsville were closed for a four-mile stretch on Tuesday because of the repairs, drivers were rerouted at the Hellam exit onto Route 462. Drivers could re-enter 30 on Cool Springs Road in Wrightsville.

Though traffic hit a near standstill on Tuesday, the detour routes appeared to be moving better this morning.

On Monday evening, a truck trying to pass under the Burgs Lane overpass between Accomac Road and Cool Springs Road struck and damaged one beam. 

The truck was carrying a backhoe, the top of which struck the beam.

PennDOT was concerned the beam would fall onto cars and the roadway, according to spokesman Greg Penny.

After the lanes were closed Tuesday, PennDOT contractor J.D. Eckman, Inc., of Atglen, brought in a crane Tuesday to begin work on the overpass.

Average daily traffic on this eastbound section of Route 30 is 23,545.


(Courtesy of PennDOT)

This article is part of a partnership between York Daily Record and WITF.

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