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Crews close 103-year-old bridge to make repairs

Updated: Tuesday, March 4 2014, 10:43 PM CST
Written by: Rachel Snody (

(Hummelstown)- The Duke Street Bridge in Hummelstown, Dauphin County, will close to all traffic by 2 p.m. on Tuesday, so crews can address critical deficiencies.

The bridge, located at the intersection of N. Duke Street and South Hoernerstown Road in the Borough of Hummelstown and South Hanover Township, has been under lane restrictions since April 2013 due to similar deficiencies.

The deficiencies were identified during a scheduled monthly check of the structure by the county's engineer.

The 103-year-old Duke Street Bridge is the county’s last structurally deficient bridge in its 51-bridge inventory and is targeted for replacement in 2015, county officials say.

To minimize the emergency access restriction to the neighborhood, the Dauphin County Emergency Management Agency worked with Hummelstown and South Hanover Township officials, emergency management coordinators, emergency medical services, the Hummelstown Borough Police Department and Norfolk Southern to develop a contingency plan for response to any emergency that might occur in the rare instance when a train stops in the borough while the Duke Street Bridge is closed.

The bridge will remain closed until mid-April when temporary repairs will be completed. The prior one-lane traffic restriction will then be reinstated and remain in place until the bridge is permanently closed and demolished. The $.35 million replacement project is expected to begin in 2015.

During this time, the county’s engineer will continue to monitor the bridge’s condition, a press release said. If periodic inspections detect further degradation of the structure, it is possible that a complete closure of the bridge could re-occur before 2015.

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Crews close 103-year-old bridge to make repairs

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