Trout stocking delays bridge work

By on April 16, 2018

 

 

To all the frustrated motorists who thought there was something fishy about PennDOT’s sudden departure, including all equipment, from a bridge repair job on Route 322 in Clay:

You were right!

Discussions during the April 9 Elizabeth Township Board of Supervisors meeting noted the project to replace the Route 322 bridge over Hammer Creek in Clay is on hold due to trout stocking season.

Loren Miller, Elizabeth Township Manager, said a PennDOT representative informed the board that all work has stopped on the project that was originally expected to be completed next week.

The bridge currently uses traffic lights to alternate east- and west-bound, Route 322 traffic through the the open lane on the partially repaired bridge.

State Sen. Ryan Aument

State Rep. Mindy Fee

Miller said the Elizabethtown has attempted to acquire a waiver from the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission to restart the project.

Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners, which is contracted by PennDOT to repair the bridge, said if restarted in May, the bridge project could be finished as early as July.

Because of the current delay, it is scheduled to be completed in August.

Elizabeth Township has reached out for help from State Rep. Mindy Fee and State Sen. Ryan Aument, to help facilitate a waiver, Miller said Tuesday.

Gwenn Newell of the Lancaster County Planning Commission, who attended Monday’s meeting also offered assistance in getting the bridge project restarted.

Newell offered to send another letter to see if the clout of the county will get results with Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.

Another issue with the bridge project came to light during a Dec. 17 fire at 126 Snavely Mill Road. Fire crews had to wait as long as five minute at the bridge waiting for the light to alternate the fire trucks through.

Miller said the temporary traffic lights on the bridge lack the preemption technology which changes traffic light to allow emergency responders through without stopping.

So far, PennDOT has not responded to the township’s request for sensors to be placed on the traffic signals that would allow emergency vehicles to trip the lights to allow them to pass.

Patrick Burns is news editor and social media editor of The Ephrata Review. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at pburns.eph@lnpnews.com or at 717-721-4455.

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