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Six-month bridge project on Pa. 316 gets moving

May 18, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Construction is starting for a bridge project on Pa. 316 South, a heavily traveled route between Waynesboro and Hagerstown.

The Washington Township Supervisors recently received a letter from Whiting-Turner, the Baltimore company that won the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation contract. The letter stated work would start Monday and last for approximately six months.

Reconstruction of the bridge over the East Branch of the Antietam Creek will result in travel being restricted to single lanes, Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

Traffic flow will be controlled by traditional traffic signals with red, yellow and green lights, Christopher said. Lights will be installed on Lyons Road and Iron Bridges Road, which intersect with the highway, he said.

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The Whiting-Turner letter stated Baker Road will be closed from its southernmost intersection with Pa. 316 through the southernmost driveway.

"No driveway will be blocked, and all residences will still be accessible on Baker Road from the north," stated the letter dated May 6.

Project documents describe the work as replacing the two-span bridge with a single-span bridge. It will use the same alignment as the existing one.

An engineering plan shows the replacement occurring in two phases on Pa. 316, also known as Wayne Highway. The road in that area is traveled by approximately 8,000 vehicles a day, according to published reports.

Lyons Road will be closed for approximately two weeks, project documents state. No details were available on the exact dates of the closings.

Supervisor Jeff Geesaman said the project will cost approximately $1.9 million and is to be completed by April 2011.

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