New weight restrictions for 75 state bridges

By on September 11, 2013

Seventy-five state-owned bridges in PennDOT Engineering District 8′s eight-county region will be posted with new or lowered weight restrictions to slow the rate of deterioration of those bridges and ensure safety.

Those structures are among the 1,000 structurally deficient bridges statewide that PennDOT secretary Barry Schoch authorized for new or added weight restrictions Aug. 22.

The restrictions will also apply on 36 locally owned bridges in the District 8 area covering Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties.

PennDOT is taking this step because legislative inaction on transportation funding has left uncertain PennDOT’s ability to repair or replace these bridges. The lower weight limits will help extend the service life of these deteriorating bridges.

The following is a list of state-owned bridges in the eight-county region that will be posted in coming weeks, along with the new weight restrictions. The list includes combination loads, primarily tractor trailers, which have higher weight limits because of the difference in how their weight is distributed. The following is a list of local bridges that will be affected by the weight restrictions.

East Main Street (State Route 1010) storm channel in the Village of Brownstown, West Earl Township, 25 tons.

South Fourth Street (State Route 1045) over Cocalico Creek in Denver Borough, 35 tons, 40 tons for combined loads.

Poplar Street (State Route 1053) over Cocalico Creek west of Denver Borough in West Cocalico Township, 36 tons, 40 tons for combined loads.

PennDOT notifications to school bus operators, emergency service providers, and other local officials have already begun. Posting on local bridges will take place at a later date after PennDOT discusses these changes with local bridge owners.

To view the bridges with new or lowered weight restrictions or to learn more about bridge weight restrictions or to learn more about bridge weight restrictions and PennDOT’s bridge inspection program, visit the PennDOT homepage at dot.state.pa.us and click on Bridge Information.

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