Susquehanna River Bridge
|Susquehanna River Bridge|
|Carries||6 lanes of I-76 / Penna Turnpike|
|Maintained by||Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission|
|Design||1950 bridge: steel plate girder bridge; 2007 bridge: concrete segmental bridge|
|Total length||4,526 feet|
|Opened||old bridge: 1950; new bridge: 2007|
|Toll||Fares dictated by Pennsylvania Turnpike
The original structure was built as a steel girder bridge with concrete piers. The steel was provided from a plant operated by Bethlehem Steel, directly adjacent to the turnpike in Steelton, Pennsylvania. It was opened to traffic in 1950.
On November 16, 2004, the Turnpike Commission let a contract for a bridge to replace the 1950 span. Two new 3-lane segmental, concrete signature spans were constructed just upriver from the old 4 lane span. The new span was the first of its type built in Pennsylvania at a cost of nearly $100 million . The westbound span opened on May 17, 2007, and the eastbound span was opened on June 17, 2007. The new roadway and bridges opened to normal traffic flow in the summer of 2008. The old span was demolished on August 22, 2007.
- Pennsylvania Highways (October 6, 2006). "History of the Pennsylvania Turnpike". pahighways.com. Retrieved 2006-12-14.
- Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society (November 29, 2006). "Bridges on the Susquehanna River". harrisburgriverboat.com. Retrieved 2006-11-29.
- "Susquehanna River Bridge Project - Project Overview". Retrieved 2007-07-11.
- Chris A. Courogen (22 August 2007). "Turnpike flow resumes after demolition". The Patriot-News. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
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