Sometimes the news doesn’t spread fast about a bridge or road reopening.
This topic came up over the weekend when I had heard that the Plank Road bridge in southern York County had reopened. We hadn’t received a news release about it from the state Department of Transportation, and I wondered why. I called Greg Penny, a spokesman for PennDOT, and he made some calls.
It turned out that the bridge had not opened after all. Penny said the contractor had finished paving last Thursday night but still had more work to do, such as installing guiderail and doing some slope work.
However, Penny said, there are times when a bridge or road reopens, and he doesn’t hear about it right away. He sent me an example of this on Wednesday.
The new Ridge Road bridge in Washington Township opened to traffic on Aug. 17, Penny wrote in an email, but he didn’t hear about it until the following week. By that point, he didn’t issue a news release but did write about it for PennDOT’s internal newsletter.
The new Ridge Road bridge replaced a single-lane metal truss span, which was built in 1893, over Bermudian Creek, he said. The old bridge closed in November 2008 when it collapsed after being hit by a driver under the influence.
But that shouldn’t happen with the Plank Road bridge because Penny said he has been keeping tabs on when it will reopen. It could be this week, he said.