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Work officially begins on Pa. 316 bridge replacement

Existing bridge will be demolished

new bridge to be built

June 01, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH
  • Work is under way to replace a bridge on Pa. 316 South near the Mason-Dixon Line. The affected section of Pa. 316 south, also known as Wayne Highway South, averages more than 6,000 vehicles daily and serves as a major route between Waynesboro and Hagerstown. The existing bridge over the East Branch of the Antietam Creek will be demolished.
Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

WAYNESBORO, PA. -- Construction officially started Tuesday to replace a bridge on Pa. 316 South near the Mason-Dixon Line.

Baltimore contractor Whiting Turner spent the past week preparing the site with temporary traffic signals and signs. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation awarded the $1.9 million contract to Whiting Turner in January.

The affected section of Pa. 316 south, also known as Wayne Highway South, averages more than 6,000 vehicles daily and serves as a major route between Waynesboro and Hagerstown.

The existing bridge over the East Branch of Antietam Creek will be demolished. Workers will build a new bridge, pave on either side, install guardrails and paint new traffic lines, according to a PennDOT news release.

Traffic signals and flag crews will restrict motorists to a single lane in the work zone through mid-December, the news release stated.

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Lyons Road will be closed for up to two weeks near the bridge as crews replace drainage piping. Motorists will be directed around the road closure by way of Pa. 997, Pa. 16 and Pa. 316.

Later this year, Iron Bridges Road will be closed to traffic for up to two weeks during the second stage of construction.

The entire project is scheduled to be completed by the end of April 2011.

A PennDOT spokesman said the existing bridge was built in 1936, and the new one will have wider shoulders.

PennDOT is overseeing several other projects in Franklin County, including repaving on Pa. 316 south of Chambersburg, Pa. Construction will begin June 14 on Pa. 997 between Nunnery and Pine Hill roads.

The latter project will replace a bridge and cause Pa. 997 to be closed completely during some construction.

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