Motorists are advised that eastbound traffic on the Route 30 “Wrights-Ferry Bridge” will be restricted to a single lane for a short distance on Monday, May 7, during the daytime hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The single-lane traffic restriction is necessary so that construction crews can safely fix a drainage problem in the right eastbound lane.
Then on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week (May 8-10), weather permitting, the westbound direction over the bridge will be restricted to a single lane – i.e., restricted to the express lane – between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. The daytime single-lane restriction for westbound traffic is necessary so that construction crews can apply a latex surface to the deck of the westbound structure to help seal the deck from water.
People can view the traffic patterns and traffic conditions on the Route 30 bridge by way of a traffic camera that was installed last year on the Lancaster County side of the Susquehanna River. To access the images from this traffic camera, go to PennDOT’s travel advisory website at www.511pa.com. Motorists can also use the website to check on travel conditions on other major expressways and interstate highways in south central Pennsylvania and statewide. In addition to the website, motorists can also check on travel conditions by way of their telephones or cell phones by calling 511. This is a free travel information service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
PennDOT has contracted with Swank Associated Companies, Inc. of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, to conduct the rehab project for the Route 30 bridge at a cost of $9,348,528. The rehab project, also referred to as a bridge preservation project, includes the replacement of the metal bridge joints (called expansion dams) in the bridge deck, repairs to the structural steel that has experienced rust and deterioration, concrete deck repair, painting of some of the metal parts of the bridge, and the application of a latex modified concrete wearing surface to seal the deck from water penetration.
This work should help extend the life of the bridge another 20 to 25 years. The bridge, which was built in 1972, carries more than 48,000 vehicles a day between the two counties. The project, which started early last year, is scheduled for completion in late November 2012.