Weekend bridge repair project will restrict lanes on Route 222 in Lancaster County
Harrisburg, Pa – PennDOT says, weather permitting this weekend, the contractor for the Landis Valley Road bridge repair project in Manheim Township, Lancaster County, will remove and replace two damaged bridge beams on the portion of the bridge over northbound Route 222.
Motorists are advised that the left lane in both directions of Route 222 in the vicinity of the bridge will be closed starting at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 29, and continuing until no later than 6 a.m. on Monday, August 1. This means that Route 222 will be restricted to a single lane in both directions this weekend as a crane situated in the median area of Route 222 is used to remove the two damaged beams and replace them by setting two new bridge beams. Motorists are advised that “rolling road blocks” by the police on Route
222 will slow down and keep traffic from running under the bridge as each beam is removed and replaced. The single lane of traffic on the Landis Valley Road bridge will be stopped as each beam is removed and replaced.
The Landis Valley Road bridge was damaged on December 18, 2015, when an over-height load on northbound Route 222 struck it. The over-height load was an excavator carried on a flatbed trailer that exceeded the vertical clearance of 14 feet 5 inches between the surface of northbound Route 222 and the overhead bridge carrying Landis Valley Road. The damage prompted PennDOT to restrict traffic crossing over the bridge to a single lane in the westbound direction – away from the damaged beams — until repairs can be completed. Eastbound traffic is detoured by way of Route 272, Jake Landis Road, and Butler Road.
Landis Valley Road is a local road maintained by Manheim Township, but the bridge over Route 222 is a state bridge owned and maintained by PennDOT. It was built in 1969. Nearly 8,500 vehicles used this bridge on a daily basis when it was open to two-way traffic.
PennDOT has contracted with Baseline Contracting, Inc. of Coplay, Lehigh County, to repair the Landis Valley Road Bridge for $565,616. Though the overall project is scheduled to wrap up by mid-September, with the Landis Valley Road bridge restored to two-way traffic, it is possible the contractor may finish ahead of schedule.