Slate Hill Road bridge in Cumberland/York counties closed due to public safety hazard

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CUMBERLAND/YORK, Pa. (WHTM) — Slate Hill Road Bridge, owned jointly by Cumberland and York counties, was closed Thursday, Feb. 25, after a scheduled safety inspection determined that the bridge is no longer safe for traffic.

The bridge carries Slate Hill Road over the Yellow Breeches Creek in Lower Allen and Fairview Townships.

Based on traffic counts completed in 2019, the bridge carries approximately 1,600 vehicles per day and has a three-ton weight limit. The safety inspection found evidence that the bridge was being used by overweight vehicles.

Lower Allen Township Commissioner Thomas Kutz called on Cumberland and York County officials today for support of continued investment in bridges connecting the two counties in Lower Allen Township following closure of a second bridge that chokes off access between Lower Allen and Fairview Townships.

“Infrastructure is one of the core roles of government. We must invest in our roads and bridges to promote public safety, foster local economic growth, improve property values, and improve the quality of life for our residents,” Kutz said.

Kutz stressed the importance of the bridge, saying that many residents are now left only with difficult options to pass over the creek.

The bridge has been slated to undergo extensive renovations and restoration scheduled to begin in May 2021. The bridge is scheduled to remain closed until late December 2021.

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