Fiddlers Elbow Road Bridge to Close March 26 for Replacement; Reopen Expected in August

Road Closed

The Fiddlers Elbow Road bridge, which crosses Swatara Creek in Derry and Lower Swatara townships, will be replaced over coming months.

The bridge will close to traffic March 26 for superstructure replacement. It is expected to reopen on Aug. 6.

Dauphin County Commissioners approved work on the county-owned structure to prolong its use and prevent it from becoming load-restricted.

“We have made our road and bridge projects top priorities,” Dauphin County Commissioner Chair Jeff Haste said. “This work will extend the bridge’s life and keep it from being load-posted.”

The work will cost an estimated $2.2 million. It is funded with local use funds ($5 vehicle registration fees).

The Fiddlers Elbow Road span and a bridge co-owned by Dauphin and Lancaster counties are the last two in Dauphin County with non-composite structure deemed unfavorable by the state.

The co-owned bridge, which crosses Conewago Creek between Londonderry Township and Lancaster County, is up for repair as well. That bridge is closed.

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc., Dauphin County’s bridge engineer, is handling the work.

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