Bridge work in Harrisburg to begin May 13

A new bridge repair project is about to begin on the two Interstate 81 ramps that cross over northbound Front Street in Harrisburg just east of the George Wade Memorial Bridge over the Susquehanna River, according to PennDOT.

PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny said the bridges will be worked on one at a time, and the project is set to start the night of May 13 with the closure of the bridge connecting northbound Front Street to southbound I-81.

The bridge will be closed for up to three months.

The ramp from northbound Interstate 81 to Front Street has been closed since April 8. They expect that work to also take three months. 

During that time, a signed detour will direct traffic onto northbound I-81 to the Exit 67 interchange, and then westbound on Route 22/322 to Linglestown Road, and then west on Linglestown Road to Front Street, and finally south on Front Street to the on-ramp for southbound I-81.

Penny said that when repair work on the first bridge is finished, most likely in August, the bridge connecting southbound I-81 to southbound Front Street will be closed, also for up to three months.

The $1.36 million project is separate from the work currently underway on the George Wade Memorial Bridge, which is expected to end this summer.

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