State Rep. Greg Rothman, R-Hampden Township, Monday reported that Erford Road Bridge renovation plans have been modified.
Rothman said his office worked with East Pennsboro Township officials and Sen. Pat Vance, R-Cumberland County, to persuade PennDOT to modify the plans for the bridge which crosses over the Camp Hill Bypass.
The new project will widen the Erford Road Bridge to three lanes instead of two, with an additional center turning lane, a sidewalk to increase pedestrian access and four-foot shoulders.
Rothman said the original plan for the superstructure replacement only looked to improve the structural integrity of the bridge and did not call for any additional lanes, instead keeping it at two lanes like the current existing bridge.
“I would like to thank PennDOT and the East Pennsboro Township commissioners for their willingness to work together on this project," Rothman said in a news release. "The additions of a center turning lane, shoulders and sidewalks will increase safety and improve the local economy by increasing access to area businesses. This project will have a long-lasting impact for our community and serves as a positive example of government efficiency. East Pennsboro Township Commissioner George Tyson was integral to moving this project forward and his leadership should be applauded.”
The current bridge has been there since 1965. PennDOT anticipates the project will open for bid later this year, Rothman said. Construction may then begin in summer 2017.