A portion of Route 11/15 will be closed for most of the weekend in the West Fairview area, just north of the intersection with Route 944 in East Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County. The closure – which is necessary for the installation of a pipe culvert across the roadway – will begin at 9 p.m. on Friday, April 26, and continue until no later than 6 a.m. on Sunday, April 28.
Traffic on Route 11/15 will be directed around the closure by way of two signed detours:
• For northbound motorists on Route 11/15, traffic will be directed to turn left onto westbound Route 944, proceed straight onto North Enola Drive, and then turn right onto Columbia Road back to northbound Route 11/15.
• For southbound motorists, traffic will be directed to turn right onto Columbia Road, turn left onto North Enola Drive, continue straight onto eastbound Route 944 back to southbound Route 11/15.
Route 11/15 will be reopened to traffic and the detours lifted and as soon as the installation of the pipe culvert is complete, which is expected to take no later than early Sunday morning to wrap up. In addition, while Route 11/15 is closed for the pipe culvert installation, flaggers will also be controlling traffic at the Route 11/15 intersection with Route 944, the North Enola Drive intersection with Columbia Avenue, and the Route 11/15 intersection with Columbia Avenue to assist motorists and maintain traffic flow along the detour route.
The installation of the pipe culvert – which involves considerable excavation to a depth of about 15 feet — is part of the overall project to replace the Route 11/15 bridge over the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks in Enola. The existing bridge was built in 1939 and is currently classified as structurally deficient (SD). PennDOT has contracted with J.D. Eckman, Inc. of Atglen, Pennsylvania, to conduct the bridge replacement project at a cost of $17,570,294. Preparatory work for the overall project began in March. The project includes installation of a temporary bridge, removal of the existing bridge, construction of a new bridge over the Norfolk Southern Railroad, seven new retaining walls, and a pedestrian underpass/culvert. This project is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2015.