A reader sent me an email recently asking what is happening with the Highland Avenue bridge, which was supposed to reopen in December.
The bridge in West York closed in August for a rehabilitation project. It was expected to be closed until December as crews replaced the bridge deck, installed scour protection, recapped bridge piers and more.
The bridge still remains closed.
Back in the summer, the contractor, Deblin, Inc. of Mechanicsburg, was optimistic it could finish and reopen the bridge by December, even though the contract runs through April, said Mike Crochunis, a spokesman with the state Department of Transportation. Even if the bridge would have reopened in December, the contractor might have needed to return in the spring to pave the roadway approaches.
However, the contractor got a slow start and demolition took longer than anticipated, Crochunis said. Bridge beams were set in early December for the first stage of construction. The deck pour was done in January. Now the contractor is in winter shutdown until paving material is available.
Bottom line: The bridge will remain closed until April at the earliest, Crochunis said.