HALLAM, Pa. (WHTM) – PennDOT has reopened eastbound Route 30 between Hallam and Wrightsville.
The four-mile section was closed late Monday after a backhoe on a flatbed trailer struck and significantly damaged a beam on the overhead Burgs Lane bridge in Hellam Township.
PennDOT officials expect to reopen the Burgs Lane bridge by noon Thursday.
Bridge inspectors worried the damaged beam could collapse and fall on the roadway.
“They came out and analyzed the bridge and realized this was no longer safe, we need to get traffic out from underneath it, so we shut the road down,” PennDOT engineer Kevin Keefe said.
The damaged beam was removed and work crews cut it into smaller pieces to haul it away. When that work is finished, a crane and other equipment will be moved from the site.
A minor lane shift was constructed with new barriers because the original barrier went with the beam.
“Currently, we are still able to maintain two lanes of traffic on it, so really it’s serving a purpose still right now,” Keefe said.
The closure of eastbound Route 30 detoured traffic to eastbound Route 462 and caused significant delays Tuesday morning.
PennDOT initially expected to reopen the highway by Friday. Officials said an “on-demand bridge contract” allowed their contractor to get a crane and crew on site and remove the damaged beam more quickly.