Bridge closure means long detours in York, Lancaster counties

HOLTWOOD, Pa. (WHTM) – In southern York County, the only road to get across the Susquehanna River to Lancaster County is the Norman Wood Bridge, and it’s closed.

PennDOT officials said there’s an eight-foot crack in one of the bridge’s steel girders. Workers are trying to figure out how to fix it.

In the meantime, the 4,000 people who cross the bridge every day will have to find another way to get from shore to shore. From rural, southern York County, that means a much longer drive.

“I think it’s going to be horrible because the closest bridges are Route 30 in York and Route 1 in Conowingo Dam,” said Jennifer Redifer of Red Lion. “I think it’s going to be pretty far out of their way.”

According to Google maps, going up to Wrightsville to cross the Route 30 bridge is about 25 miles. You could also take the Route 462 bridge, also known as the Wrightsville Bridge, which is just south. Either way, that’s at least half an hour just to get to another bridge.

You could drive south, cross the state line into Maryland, and use the Conowingo Dam Bridge. That’s about 20 miles out of the way and will also take about half an hour.

It may be an inconvenience, but Redifer said it’s worth it.

“I’d rather it be fixed than not be fixed, better to be safe than sorry,” she said.

No word yet on when repairs will be made and the bridge will reopen.

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