|Eight State Roads in South Central Pennsylvania Remain Closed due to Flooding and/or Related Damage Two Weeks After Tropical Storm Lee |
Harrisburg – Two weeks after Tropical Storm Lee hit the region, there are still eight state roads closed to traffic in south central Pennsylvania. At one point during the storm, there were more than 200 state roads closed due to flooding or flood-related damage. Thanks to PennDOT county maintenance crews and also several private contractors hired by PennDOT on emergency contracts, most of the damaged roads were quickly repaired and reopened to traffic. What are left now are the longer-term repairs.
The most substantial loss is the Route 897 bridge over Harnish Run in West Cocalico Township, Lancaster County. The bridge will need to be demolished and replaced. Route 897 is expected to remain closed for several months.
The historic bridge on Luxemburg Road (SR 4002) over Pine Creek in Lykens Township, Dauphin County, is still under evaluation to determine whether that bridge can be repaired or needs to be replaced. This bridge will remain closed for several months.
It may take months rather than weeks for Millardsville Road (State Route 2019) to be reopened in southeastern Lebanon County where the Tulpehocken Creek breached its banks and also the road. The priority first will be to restore the stream bank and get the stream back to where it belongs, and then assess and repair what needs to be done to reopen Millardsville Road.
In York County, Wago Road (SR 1019) near the Susquehanna River in East Manchester Township needs extensive work – at least a few weeks – before it can be reopened to traffic. Kreutz Creek Road (SR 1014) and a bridge over Kreutz Creek in Hellam Township will take several weeks. There’s also a nearby bridge on Libhart Mill Road (SR 2008) over Kreutz Creek where scour has undermined the bridge abutment and that repair will take several weeks before this bridge can reopen to traffic.
In addition, there are also roads that are open but where substantial repairs need to be made – such as along Route 30 in western York County where several sinkholes appeared during the flooding; along the ramp from Mount Rose Avenue to southbound I-83 where floodwaters eroded the embankment enough that it may compromise the ramp, and on Route 325 in Dauphin County where drainage pipes deep under the road have been damaged.
Here is the latest comprehensive list of road closings in PennDOT Engineering District 8, which includes Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties as of 12:30 p.m. today:
Dauphin County (2 closures)
Luxemburg Road, State Route 4002, bridge over Pine Creek between Bellevue Road and Erdman Road in Lykens Township remains closed due to storm damage. A construction contract to repair the bridge will be bid within the next few weeks. PennDOT expects the bridge to be closed for several months.
Roundtop Road (SR 2005) between Schoolhouse Road and Route 341 in Londonderry Township. Two small bridges as well as pavement were damaged and need to be repaired. PennDOT maintenance crews are making the repairs and will also repave the damaged pavement. The road should reopen in a few weeks.
Lancaster County (1 closure)
PA Route 897/Main Street bridge over Harnish Run between Texter Mountain Road and Peartown Road West Cocalico Township remains closed due to storm damage. A construction contract to replace the bridge will be bid this fall. PennDOT expects the road at the site of the bridge to remain closed until next spring.
Lebanon County (2 closures)
Iona Road, State Route 2004, between PA Route 897/South 5th Avenue in South Lebanon Township and Prescott Road in Heidelberg Township remains closed due to flooding. The road will remain closed until the water has receded and any necessary repairs have been made. Should reopen within the next week.
Millardsville Road, State Route 2019, between Tulpehocken Road and Reilly Road in Jackson Township remains closed. Tulpehocken Creek has breached its banks and water continues to run through the washed out roadway. PennDOT has hired Pennsy Supply, Inc. through an emergency contract to complete the stream bank restoration. PennDOT expects the road to remain closed for several months until repairs are completed.
York County (3 closures)
Kreutz Creek Road, State Route 1014, bridge over a stream between Horn Road and Orebank Road in Hellam Township remains closed. PennDOT has hired Susquehanna Valley Construction Corp. through an emergency contract to repair the bridge. PennDOT expects the bridge to be closed for several weeks.
Wago Road, State Route 1019, between Board Road and Gravel Hill Road in East Manchester Township remains closed. PennDOT has hired J.D. Eckman, Inc. through an emergency contract to repair and resurface the road. The contractor anticipates working 12-hour days to repair and resurface the road. PennDOT expects the road to be closed for several weeks.
Libhart Mill Road, State Route 2008, bridge over Kreutz Creek in Hellam Township remains closed. A field inspection determined that the bridge abutment has been compromised due to flood damage. PennDOT has hired Susquehanna Valley Construction Corp. through an emergency contract to repair the bridge. PennDOT expects the bridge to remain closed for several weeks.
These roads are closed for safety reasons, and PennDOT warns motorists not to drive around barriers on closed roads.