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Harrisburg’s Mulberry Street Bridge closure: A survival guide

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Mulberry Street Bridge Closing

City and regional transportation officials reminded Harrisburg residents and commuters Friday that starting Wednesday, April 2, the Mulberry Street Bridge will be closed to all traffic for repairs.

The $16.8 million project, which will include major repairs to both the travel surface and support structures of the 105-year-old bridge, is expected to run through Dec. 22.

The total closure is expected to help contractors complete the major components of the job in one construction season.

Here’s a survival guide that city officials want you to keep in mind:

Traffic detours: Signage identifying detour routes will be up by next week. But so you know, officials are suggesting Market Street as the preferred alternative for passenger cars, and State Street for commercial trucks.

Revised bus routes: Monday starts Capital Area Transit’s revised bus routes. Most of the affected routes that traversed the bridge will run on Market and 13th streets, and then shift back to their regular routes. As a result, CAT spokesman Bob Philbin said, three bus stops in Harrisburg’s South Allison Hill at Mulberry and Sylvan, Mulberry and Crescent, and Mulberry and Hummel streets are going inactive. From community feedback received over the closure, CAT is also starting a new route running primarily on State and 17th streets to beef up service to the Hamilton Health Center facilities.

Pedestrians and bicyclists: To help pedestrians and bicyclists who used the bridge, city engineer Paul Francis said crews are putting signage and new crosswalks at Cameron and Market streets, and there will be additional police enforcement there in the short-term.

Two message boards on Cameron Street will also warn drivers of higher-than-normal pedestrian traffic, Francis said.