Friday the 13th will be an especially unlucky day for Elizabethtown drivers unprepared for the closing of the Market Street Bridge.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced on Friday, June 29, that the bridge is to be closed at 2 a.m. on Friday, July 13, and remain closed for up to 14 days. The bridge that carries Route 230 over the Conoy Creek in Elizabethtown is being removed and replaced with a precast concrete culvert. The existing bridge was built in 1911.
PennDOT awarded the $1,136,000 contract on Feb. 12 to Clearwater Construction, Inc. of Mercer, Mercer County, that includes demolition of the existing 107-year-old structurally deficient single-span concrete T-beam bridge, installation of a precast concrete culvert, roadway reconstruction, and new guiderail, signs and pavement markings. Work under this construction contract began June 11 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of August 2018.
PennDOT advises travelers that nighttime preparations will resume after the Independence Day holiday at 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 5. Motorists may encounter single-lane restrictions with flaggers directing traffic through the work zone weeknights between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. to complete work on the micro-pilings in preparation for demolition and replacement of the bridge.
Starting Friday, July 13, at 2 a.m., Route 230 between Hummelstown Street and Mechanics Alley in Elizabethtown will be closed to through traffic and a detour will be implemented for up to 14 days as crews remove and replace the bridge with a concrete culvert.
Until the roadway is reopened, a signed detour will direct traffic around the work zone using Route 743, Linden Avenue, Hanover Street and Hershey Road, Route 283 East, Cloverleaf Road, and Route 230, South Market Street in Elizabethtown.