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Pa. 316 bridge project to begin July 12

July 03, 2011

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A delayed Pa. 316 bridge project is now scheduled to affect traffic July 12, according to a news release from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

PennDOT Engineering District 8 has announced Pa. 316 over CSX railroad tracks one and a half miles southeast of Chambersburg borough will be closed starting July 12. The bridge was expected to close in mid-June.

The bridge is scheduled to be closed to traffic for up to 80 days as construction crews replace the bridge superstructure, the news release stated.

PennDOT will post a signed detour by way of Pa. 914 and U.S. 11, back to Pa. 316.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesman Michael Crochunis previously said the bridge deck, abutment and beams will be replaced in the $1.8 million rehabilitation project, which was awarded on state contract to Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. of Baltimore.

Pa. 316, known locally as Wayne Highway, averages 9,772 vehicles traveled daily, the news release stated.

PennDOT expects work on the Pa. 316 bridge to be completed and the road reopened to traffic by the end of September.

The existing single-span steel thru-girder bridge, built in 1937, is classified as structurally deficient. The new pre-stressed concrete bridge deck will accommodate two 11-foot lanes and five-foot shoulders.

— Jennifer Fitch

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