Project for Shrewsbury exit of I-83 could grow bigger

Improvements at the Shrewsbury exit of Interstate 83 have been eyed for years, and transportation planners now expect one big project instead of two smaller ones at that interchange.

That’s because the I-83 bridge was deemed structurally deficient during an inspection last year, and they “need to do something with it,” said Will Clark, chief of transportation planning for the York County Planning Commission.

So instead of just fixing the bridge, officials likely are looking at replacing it, Clark said. That also might allow for the widening of Route 851 under the bridge.

As you might recall, planners have proposed a “diverging diamond interchange” at the Shrewsbury exit to help alleviate the traffic backups in that area. The diverging diamond would offer a better and longer performance than a traditional interchange design, Clark said. But it’s not clear yet which one would be used.

Clark said planners hope to hear by this time next year whether the I-83 bridge would be placed on the statewide Transportation Improvement Program for funding.

What do you think should be done with the interchange?

 

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