Work begins here on Rt. 272 bridge over 322
PennDOT District 8 announced that preparatory work would begin this week for a project to rehabilitate the four-lane Route 272 bridge over U.S. Route 322, Main Street, in Ephrata Borough. The single-span, steel I-beam bridge was built in 1944 and is considered structurally deficient.
The $1,598,014 contract was awarded Jan. 31 to Lobar Site Development Corporation of Dillsburg, York County, and includes removal of the existing concrete bridge deck and replacement under staged construction, abutment wall work, bridge beam painting, roadway approach work, guiderail replacement, and new pavement markings.
PennDOT advises those who travel Route 272 that for the next few weeks they may encounter single-lane traffic restrictions with flaggers assisting them through the work zone on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for work in preparation for bridge rehab.
Eventually, Route 272 traffic over U.S. Route 322 will be shifted to one side of the bridge and restricted to single-lane around-the-clock as repairs are conducted on one half of the bridge at a time.
Route 272, locally known as Reading Road, averages 13,870 vehicles traveled daily. To avoid delays, travelers should allow for additional time in their plans or seek an alternate route.
Motorists are reminded to be alert for these operations, to obey work zone signs, and to slow down when approaching and traveling through work zones, not only for their safety, but for the safety of the road crews.
Although work under this construction contract is scheduled to be completed by the end of June 2015, the Route 272 bridge should reopen to two lanes in each direction by the end of this year. In 2015, since most of the remaining repairs will be underneath the deck, only U.S. Route 322 traffic will be impacted.