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Large crowd previews plans for bridge in Derry

Date: 1/11/2013

By Jeff Himler

Published: Friday, January 11, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Updated: Friday, January 11, 2013



PennDOT intends to keep two-way traffic flowing along the Route 217 railroad bridge in Derry during construction of a new bridge, tentatively set to begin in 2015.



That news pleased more than 120 citizens who attended a meeting the state held in the borough Wednesday to provide an update on the project, estimated to cost between $12 million to $15 million.



Some residents expressed concern about pedestrian access to the bridge, which serves as the only authorized route across the Norfolk Southern Corp. tracks that divide the borough.



Several borough officials said they are pleased traffic will not be interrupted on Route 217 during construction.



Plans call to award bids in December 2014, with construction to begin the following spring. During work in 2016, traffic would switch to the new bridge to allow for demolition of the structurally deficient bridge that is being replaced.



“By building a separate bridge and keeping the old bridge open it%91s going to definitely keep Derry going,” said Mayor David Bolen. “This bridge is the only way you can get...



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