3 Dauphin County bridges remain closed from flooding


Alex Nissley has had to find a new route around the Engle Road bridge in Londonderry Township.

“We use this bridge quite often,” said Nissley. “I use it all the time. If you’re going toward Elizabethtown or you’re going toward the Lancaster area, this is the way you use.”

Days of rain flooded his family’s fields. Corn stalks were bent over, and roads were left rippled and cracked.

The Engle Road bridge is one of three Dauphin County-owned bridges still closed as of Monday night. Another is the Fiddlers Elbow Road bridge over Swatara Creek. 

Wayne Doughty works with the Hershey Fire Company and knows first-hand that closures like this can mean the difference between life and death.

“When you see a bridge that’s closed, go the opposite way. It just saves us time and to save your guys’ life,” said Doughty. 

Although the Fiddlers Elbow closure is causing him to detour, he knows its all in the name of safety. 

“When I see the road closed, I’m just gonna turn around and go back the opposite way. I’m not gonna risk my life over a bridge. It’s not worth it,” said Doughty. 

The Ridge Road bridge over Armstrong Creek in Halifax Township also remained closed Monday.

Dauphin County Commissioners say they expect the Fiddlers Elbow Bridge to reopen sometime Tuesday morning. 

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