PennDOT will close the Route 72 bridge over the Swatara Creek starting Monday, April 22, for a planned replacement project, the transportation authority announced Wednesday.

The project had been originally scheduled to start April 15. Work is still expected to wrap up by Nov. 20.

Once work begins on replacement of the bridge, which carries Route 72 over the Swatara Creek between Jonestown Road in Union Township and New Bunker Hill Road in Swatara Township, the existing bridge will be closed for the duration of the project.

A detour will be available for road traffic utilizing routes 22 and 343, while cyclists can use Jonestown Road, the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail, and New Bunker Hill Road.

Work on the Ebenezer Road bridge replacement project was scheduled to get underway on Monday, April 15. (Map provided)

A temporary signal has been placed at the intersection of Market and Lancaster streets in Jonestown Borough to assist with traffic flow during construction. Access to all businesses, homes, side roads, alleys, mailboxes, and fire hydrants within the project limits will remain available throughout construction.

The signal will remain on “flash” status (similar to existing stop sign configuration) until the detour is implemented.

The $4.96 million project will include replacement of the existing structure, minor roadway reconstruction, guiderail improvements, and drainage improvements.

Learn more about the project in LebTown’s article from earlier this year.

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