New Route 22 bridge over I-81 partially opened - abc27 WHTM

New Route 22 bridge over I-81 partially opened

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A new eastbound Route 22 bridge over Interstate 81 into Harrisburg, built to replace the bridge damaged by a huge tanker truck fire in May, opened to one lane of traffic Thursday afternoon.

PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny said the lane opened at around 3:20 p.m.

The bridge that carries eastbound Route 22 into Harrisburg near the Farm Show Complex, and the bridge that carries westbound Route 22 over I-81, will remain restricted to one lane of traffic for the next week while construction crews remove the median crossovers and install guiderails.

When the work is completed by the end of next week, both eastbound and westbound Route 22 will be restored to two lanes, Penny said.

The May 9 tanker truck fire occurred on the ramp from northbound Interstate 81 to westbound Route 22/322, destroying both the ramp and the Route 22 bridge overhead.

Repairs to the ramp should be finished by the end of December, Penny said.

The cost of demolition, rebuilding the Route 22 bridge, and rehabilitating the ramp will range between $12 million and $13 million, according to PennDOT.

Penny said federal assistance from the U.S. Department of Transportation has provided $11.6 million toward the repairs.


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