PennDOT: Plank Road bridge over Interstate 83 will not reopen this month

The Plank Road bridge over Interstate 83 in the Shrewsbury area was expected to reopen in late August, but that’s not going to happen, according to the state Department of Transportation.

“The bridge is finished, but the roadway approaches still need to be built and finished,” PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny wrote in an email.

The prime contractor is waiting on the availability of a subcontractor to complete the work, Penny wrote.

It is now estimated that it will be mid-to-late September before crews will pave the roadway approaches, install guiderail and reopen the bridge to traffic, Penny wrote.

The Plank Road bridge has been closed since January 2011 for a replacement. Work was delayed early last year because the contractor was waiting for utility companies to move their facilities before demolishing the span.

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