Seven month detour begins on Route 16 west of Greencastle

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
The Route 16 bridge over the West Branch of the Conococheague Creek was built in 1941. The existing two-span bridge averages 5,618 vehicles traveled daily and is classified as structurally deficient. The bridge was closed to traffic today and will remain closed for seven months while crews replace it.

Travel west of Greencastle just got more complicated. PennDOT Engineering District 8 today closed the Route 16 bridge over the West Branch of Conococheague Creek between Mercersburg Borough and the village of Welsh Run in Montgomery Township. This means a detour.

The bridge is scheduled to be closed to traffic for seven months as construction crews replace the bridge superstructure.

The $865,451 contract was awarded to George S. Hann & Son, Inc. of Fort Littleton, Fulton County, and includes: bridge demolition; replacement of the steel beams, bridge deck and parapets; roadway approach construction, guiderail and sign installation and new traffic lines.

PennDOT reminds motorists traveling Route 16 east of Mercersburg that starting April 11 they will encounter a signed detour by way of Route 416 and Route 995. Route 16, known locally as Buchanan Trail, averages 5,618 vehicles traveled daily.

PennDOT expects work on the Route 16 bridge to be completed and the road reopened to traffic before the end of November.

The existing two-span steel I-beam bridge, built in 1941, is classified as structurally deficient.