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

  1. Juan says:

    PennDot has shown that it has no consideration for the community by allowing this to happen. It’s negligent that they allowed the contractor to demolish the bridge and then wait a year to begin construction. The contractor had all that time to allow for utility relocation. The prime is responsible to have any sub-contractors lined up and ready. Has PennDot ever heard about deadlines or penalties for missing them or does the contractor run the show.

  2. JT says:

    Names, please.

    Who is the slow as molasses-in-January primary contractor (searched the PennDOT news release archives and since the project began so long ago thenuew release has long disappeared)?

    Which utility was the hold-up? York Water as on PA 124?

  3. Tired of Slow Penndot Progress says:

    It’s nearly 2 yrs. since this bridge closed…and all the community has rec’d from Penndot and our elected officials are EXCUSES! Here are the facts:

    – demolitian of the old Plank Rd bridge was delayed for over 6 months due to lack of coordination from Penndot and the local utilities that had to move their lines.
    – Penndot claims a “mix-up” with the engineering drawings, which posed yet another delay.
    – Penndot could not do work during the “cold” winter months (even though we had one of the WARMEST winters on record)
    – Tropical storm Lee prompted the reallocation of Penndot “workers” to address storm damaged roads

    The only reason I can accept is the Tropical Storm Lee disaster. All of the other reasons listed above show the incompetence, lack of project planning and coordination, and accountability on Penndot’s part. Let’s face it, in the real world business environment, workers would have been FIRED for such poor performance! What’s it going to take for something to be done so these kind of delays NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN???

  4. Brian says:

    Kinsley +Penndot = the reason for slow bridge completion progress. Ou local elected officials should share in the embarrassment . Remember this when u go out to vote!! So sad that nobody cares about the community and the inconvenience and potential safety issue this has caused our local residents in the event of an emergency.

    • Teresa Boeckel says:

      Thank you for your comments. I just wanted to let you know that Kinsley Construction is not the contractor on this project. It’s Deblin Inc. of Mechanicsburg.

  5. Abby says:

    Penndot and their contractor needs to held accountable!! I drove past the closed bridge again today…it appears to be completely finished with the asphalt added, guard rails installed and road signs installed — BUT the bridge is NOT yet open. There is such a lack of urgency going on here…with no communication to the local community. Why is it that in nearby MD they can complete similar projects in a fraction of the time that its taken for the Plank Rd bridge to be replaced?? We’ve been inconvenienced for way too long and our local politicians are unresponsive and don’t care either… Maybe its time for me and my family and our tax dollars to leave this area. I’m beyond frustrated and disappointed with slow progress and responsiveness by so many people here. It’s 2012, not 1952!

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