Mulberry Street bridge to remain closed until further notice, detours announced
HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Mulberry Street Bridge in Harrisburg will remain closed to all traffic until further notice. The bridge was closed late Thursday afternoon after the ground supporting a parking lot’s retaining wall located adjacent to the east end of the bridge gave way and the wall collapsed. Though it appears that the structural integrity of the bridge remains intact and unaffected, there is concern about the stability of the ground next to the roadway approach to the bridge, especially with the forecast of rain on Friday.
“We had a bridge inspector on the scene this evening for an initial assessment,” said Mike Keiser, PennDOT’s district executive for south central Pennsylvania. “We will have an inspection team back at the bridge on Friday morning to make a more thorough evaluation. We want to make sure that the ground is stable and able to provide the necessary lateral support to the roadway approach to the bridge. A decision to reopen the bridge will be based on that evaluation.”
UPDATE: All routes that currently use the Mulberry Street Bridge will be detouring and using Market St. to 13th St. to regular route for both inbound and outbound traffic. Any buses that would’ve used the Mulberry Street Bridge will instead be picking up their outbound passengers on the Market Street side of the bus station.