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Plans on target for to replace Pa. 316 bridge south of Waynesboro

July 08, 2008

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Preliminary engineering is under way for the replacement of the Pa. 316 bridge over the East Branch of the Antietam Creek south of Waynesboro.

The Wayne Highway bridge, traveled by about 8,000 vehicles a day, is on one of the most direct routes between Waynesboro and Hagerstown.

The two-span bridge will be replaced with a single span bridge as part of the project, which is expected to begin in the summer of 2010.

Construction will take about a year, according to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation literature distributed this week.

The width of the road and shoulder will be expanded to 40 feet in that area, said Carroll Sturm, chairman of the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors.

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"It'll be a lot safer getting across the bridge, I think," he said.

Preliminary plans "are on our Web site for the 316 bridge and the entryways for Lyons Road," Township Manager Mike Christopher said, referring to the site at www.washtwp-franklin.org.

Questions about the project can be directed to John Bachman, senior project manager with PennDOT District 8, at 717-783-4519.

Christopher said PennDOT expects to keep one lane of the bridge open for traffic for most of the project. Temporary traffic signals will be used.

- Jennifer Fitch

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