HALLAM, Pa. (WHTM) – Route 30’s eastbound lanes between Hallam and Wrightsville could remain closed for days because of a damaged bridge.
A truck hauling a backhoe struck a beam on the Burgs Lane Bridge in Hellam Township and caused significant damage Monday evening.
PennDOT closed the eastbound lanes Tuesday morning because the damaged beam supports the heaviest part of the bridge. Burgs Lane Bridge also is closed.
“That traffic mess was insane,” Leslie Chabot of York said. “I sat there for 45 minutes to an hour and I moved one mile.”
Engineers told ABC 27 News the damaged section of the overpass needs to be replaced.
As crews work, traffic will be detoured to Route 462 eastbound starting at the Hallam exit, which saw major backups Tuesday.
Tracey Rowe of Dallastown told ABC 27 News it took hours to move only a couple miles. She was trying to get to the Lancaster train station, but missed her train by at least three hours because of the traffic.
“It’s horrendous,” Rowe said. “We wish would have actually known about the standstill before we left. We might have changed plans.”
Others were late for work.
Chabot said she doesn’t know how she’ll get to her job in Columbia for the rest of the week.
“I have no idea how I’m going to work around it,” she said. “I guess [I’ll] leave two hours ahead of time. There really is no alternative route.”
Eastern York School District dismissed the middle and high school at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday because of the Route 30 issues. Elementary students were dismissed at 2:30 p.m.