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Pa. 997 bridge project is nearly complete

November 22, 2009

SCOTLAND, Pa. -- The contractor for a $8.4 million bridge project on Pa. 997 is trying to wrap up work before Black Friday for the benefit of shoppers and businesses at nearby Chambersburg (Pa.) Mall, a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesman said.

"Our goal is to open up all lanes of travel by Wednesday," Michael Crochunis said.

Several traffic lights on the bridge have bags over them, but Crochunis said the bags will be removed soon on a day with good visibility.

Kinsley Construction Inc. of York, Pa., replaced the two-lane bridge over Interstate 81 in Greene Township. The project also widened Black Gap Road and connected traffic signals.

Traffic was limited to one lane in each direction during much of the project, which started in March 2008.

"Basically the job is rolling along to being done. The signals are installed and completed," Crochunis said, adding that some minor things like grass seeding could occur in 2010.

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PennDOT has several other projects under way in Franklin County. Included is an Interstate 81 "express lane" to guide some traffic around a bridge replacement project at exit 16 in Chambersburg.

The northbound express lane will be eliminated and a southbound one was established next year.

"It'll be like a mirror image of what we're doing now," Crochunis said.

The overall project should be finished by the end of May 2011, he said.

Approximately 45,000 vehicles use that section of Interstate 81 a day. PennDOT has a $19.6 million contract with HRI Inc. of State College, Pa., Crochunis said.

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