New Lititz Pike bridge opens in Lancaster

A new Lititz Pike bridge opened to traffic Wednesday, but road construction work is far from over at the north end of Lancaster.

Traffic on Lititz Pike will continue to be restricted to a single lane in each direction near the intersection with Keller and Marshall avenues, and the connection to Marshall will be closed for the next few months.

Once the old bridge is demolished and removed sometime this fall, the old portion of Lititz Pike between Liberty Street and the railroad tracks will be converted into a cul-de-sac, and McGovern Avenue will be widened between Queen Street and Prince Street.

Work to build the new Lititz Pike bridge over the Amtrak railroad tracks began in March 2013.

While the improvements are good news for drivers, business owners said the construction has been hurting them.

“Sales have definitely gone down,” said Jim Albright, owner of Albright Opticians. “For the end of 2013, our sales were down 37 percent since the bridge closed.”Albright said that means he cannot keep up with his business like he needs to.

“Like a new air conditioner on the roof, like fixing the macadam parking lot, buying new equipment, upgrading some things in the store, increasing advertising. Can’t do it,” he said.

PennDOT officials said the $12 million bridge replacement project should be finished by late October.

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