The Market Street Bridge in Elizabethtown is on schedule to reopen by Saturday, Aug. 18, at the latest, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said.
Mike Crochunis, press officer for PennDOT District 8, told the Advocate on Monday, Aug. 13, that precast sections were set on Thursday, Aug. 9, and Friday, Aug. 10, with those sections being posttensioned late on the night of Friday, Aug. 10. On Saturday, Aug. 11, the contractor cut for installation of drainage and grouted passageways for several utilities through the culvert.
Crochunis said the contractor intends to reconstruct the bituminous roadway approaches, pave over the newly installed precast culvert, and place temporary concrete barrier to maintain two 11foot lanes and open the roadway to one lane of traffic in each direction.
After that, the contractor will complete drainage, curbs, sidewalks and shoulders behind barriers or by use of flaggers stopping traffic in one direction at a time.
The bridge closed on Friday, July 13, and was initially supposed to reopen in two weeks. But several problems arose that delayed the work. Additional shoring that was not anticipated needed to be installed. An error in the placement of some of the micro-pilings needed to be corrected. Also, flooding delayed the project; the water had to recede so the contractor cold assess what damage has occurred and address it.
If the bridge does reopen by Saturday, Aug. 18, as expected, it will avoid adding to the traffic problems associated with the Elizabethtown Fair, which starts Monday, Aug. 20, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 25.