PennDOT Soon Will Unveil $63M Market Street Bridge Upgrade That Could Take Up to a Decade
From Nov. 22 to Dec. 22 , the agency will post an online overview of the planned revisions to the bridge which links Harrisburg to Wormleysburg and Lemoyne.
A public open house on the project is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Wormleysburg Borough office.
Preliminary engineering and environmental studies for the project are underway.
“The purpose of the project is to maintain safe and efficient multimodal connectivity across the Susquehanna River between Harrisburg and the West Shore communities, as well as access to City Island and its amenities,” PennDOT officials said. “The eastern bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places ; therefore, it is a goal of the project to maintain the historic integrity of the bridge.”
Plans call for preserving the arch construction and replacing the deck and sidewalks on the eastern Harrisburg side of the bridge over the Susquehanna River . New decking and beams would be installed on the western side.
The work should improve access for pedestrians and bicyclists, PennDOT officials said. The refurbished bridge will still have four traffic lanes for vehicle traffic.
Three traffic control options are on the table for the construction.
The work could be accomplished more quickly if traffic was barred from the western half of the bridge, agency officials said. Or one lane could be kept open for eastbound between both shores. Or one lane of traffic could be kept open in both directions, even though that would likely prolong the reconstruction project.
PennDOT officials said there will be access to City Island throughout the project.
Work is expected to begin in 2024 and take up to a decade.
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