PennDOT District 8 today announced that Aug. 27-28, weather permitting, construction crews will erect two 500-ton cranes and restrict traffic on U.S. 11/15 in order to set seven bridge beams on the new structure over the Norfolk Southern tracks in the Village of West Fairview in East Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County.This work is part of an overall project to replace the U.S. 11/15 bridge over the Norfolk Southern Railroad. The nearly $18 million contract was awarded in Nov. 2012 to J.D. Eckman Inc., of Atglen, Chester County, and includes construction of a new two-span bridge, seven new retaining walls, and a pedestrian underpass culvert. This entire project is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2015.
PennDOT advises travelers that Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 27-28, after 9 a.m. they will encounter intermittent single-lane alternating traffic patterns with flaggers assisting them through the work zone as the 121-foot long 77.3-ton pre-stressed concrete beams are delivered to the project site.
For the safety of the traveling public, U.S. 11/15 traffic will be stopped in both directions for up to 15 minutes while the new beams are lifted over the roadway and into place on the new structure.Between bridge beam settings, U.S. 11/15 traffic will be restored to the existing condition of one lane in each direction in order to relieve traffic congestion.
An average of nearly 16,200 vehicles travel this section of U.S. 11/15 every day. To avoid delays, motorists should allow for additional time in their travel plans or seek an alternate route.
Bridge beam setting operations are weather sensitive, so adverse weather conditions such as rain, high winds, etc. may postpone this scheduled work.