Update on 272 bridge work

By on August 12, 2015

The bridge construction work on the Route 272 bridge above Route 322 could be finished soon, officials say.

That’s the word from Mike Crochunis, PennDOT’s district press officer, who said “most of the physical work” on the bridge could be completed by the end of September.

Workers last week began a two-week schedule of steel and abutment painting. Then construction is expected to take one week to install a concrete center divider beginning by the end of August; then two to three weeks for paving; followed by guiderail, signs and other finishing items.

Crochunis cautioned that the schedule is “all subject to change due to weather or anything else that decides to go wrong. “

The other Route 272 bridge project, which has limited travel to southbound only is on schedule, he said.

Work on PennDOT’s long-planned replacement of the 71-year-old bridge that carries Route 272 over Cocalico Creek got underway on May 4 and is not expected to be completed until next summer.

Until then, a detour remains in place which follows State Street and Old Mill Road.

The tentative schedule, currently performing Stage 1 of the substructure work, is more than 70 percent complete with the erection of bridge beams beginning Aug. 19.

Work on the pour concrete bridge deck is expected to begin by about the third week of September .Roadway reconstruction work, beginning toward the end of September to mid-October will include full-depth pavement reconstruction, pipe crossings, sidewalk, ADA ramp and guiderail installation.

Traffic will switch on Oct. 15 for Phase 2 construction. Substructure work for Phase 2 construction will continue through the winter months and there will be no winter shutdown.

Patrick Burns is a staff writer for The Ephrata Review. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at pburns.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4455.

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