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Early reopen for Harrisburg’s Mulberry Street Bridge

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Mulberry Street Bridge Closing

HARRISBURG, Pa.  – The Mulberry Street Bridge in Harrisburg reopened to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic shortly after 3 pm this afternoon. The bridge had been closed since Monday so that the contractor working on the bridge could apply an epoxy-aggregate overlay to protect the new bridge deck from water penetration and deterioration. The bridge was expected to remain closed for up to two weeks, but favorable weather this week enabled the contractor to finish its operation faster and reopen the bridge sooner.

Harrisburg Traffic MapThe 18-span Mulberry Street Bridge, originally built in 1909, connects the Allison Hill section of Harrisburg to the Harrisburg Transportation Center and the downtown area.

It spans Cameron Street, Amtrak and Norfolk Southern rail lines, and Paxton Creek. A two-year, $12.2-million project with Neshaminy Constructors, Inc. of Feasterville, has been underway since March 2014 to rehab the bridge. The bridge was closed to traffic last year as construction crews replaced the old bridge deck. In addition, new concrete barrier between the roadway and the sidewalk was installed, as well as new pedestrian railing, new railroad protective fencing, and new bridge lighting and drainage. The work this year has focused on making substructure and superstructure repairs. The overall project should wrap up by the end of this year.