With most of PennDOT's attention concentrated on Interstate 81 near Route 22/322, the transportation department Sunday noted there will be a delay in a project in Cumberland County.
PennDOT postponed a project scheduled to start Monday that involved the closure of the ramp from northbound Front Street to southbound I-81.
The bridge that connects northbound Front Street to southbound I-81 was set to close on Monday night for up to three months. The bridge will not close until May 20.
Spokesman Greg Penny cited the ongoing activity on I-81 at Exit 67 stemming from the tanker crash as the reason for the postponement.
The ramp project is to repair two bridges on two ramps that cross over northbound Front Street and connect the street with I-81 in Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County. Kinsley Construction, Inc., is contracted to do the repairs at a cost of $1,361,982.
“The bridges will be worked on sequentially,” Penny said in the news release. “This is a separate project from the one currently underway and wrapping up this summer on the I-81 George Wade Memorial Bridge.”
Once work has been done on the northbound Front Street bridge, the on-ramp that connects I-81 south to southbound Front Street is to be repaired. Penny indicated in the news release that work on the second bridge would probably begin in August. The bridge would also be closed for up to three months.
Penny stated in the news release that the overall project is classified as a “bridge preservation project.” The project will include the replacement of expansion dams, substructure repairs, superstructure painting and latex overlay of the bridge decks.