Work begins for Rt. 272 bridge replacements

By on January 18, 2012

PennDOT Engineering District 8 recently announced that preparatory work will begin this week on a project to replace two Route 272 bridges between Ephrata Borough and the village of Reamstown.

The existing steel I-beam bridges on Route 272 were originally constructed in the 1940s and are considered structurally deficient.

The $3,747,008 contract was awarded on Nov. 29, 2011 to J.D. Eckman Inc. of Atglen, Chester County, and includes: demolition of the existing structures; construction of a new concrete bridge over Cocalico Creek; replacement of the bridge superstructure and repair to the concrete substructure over the old East Penn Railroad; roadway reconstruction; drainage improvements; guide rail installation; and new traffic lines.

PennDOT reminds motorists that initially they may encounter daytime lane restrictions with flaggers directing traffic through the work zone as crews clear brush and trim trees in preparation for utility relocation.

In March construction crews will begin installation of a temporary traffic signal that will control traffic on Route 272 over the railroad tracks in Ephrata Township. When this signal becomes operational, the bridge will be restricted to a single lane for the duration of the construction project.

Eventually, Route 272 will be restricted to a single lane over railroad tracks in Ephrata Township and over Cocalico Creek in East Cocalico Township. Work will be completed on half of the bridges at one time so traffic will be restricted to a single lane with the alternating directions of traffic controlled by temporary traffic signals.

For motorists’ convenience, PennDOT will post signs for an alternate route around the bridge work by way of Spur Road, U.S. 222 and U.S. 322.

Route 272, known locally as North Reading Road, averages more than 17,600 vehicles traveled daily. More BRIDGE, page A6

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