Susquehanna River Bridge

bridge_name= Susquehanna River Bridge

carries= 4 lanes of I-76
crosses= Susquehanna River
locale= Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
maint= Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
design= 1950 bridge: steel plate girder bridge; 2007 bridge: concrete segmental bridge
length= 4,526 feet
open= old bridge: 1950; new bridge: 2007
toll= Fares dictated by Pennsylvania Turnpike

coordinates= Coord|40|12|15|N|76|48|18|W|region:US_type:landmark|display=inline,title

The Susquehanna River Bridge carries Interstate 76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) across the Susquehanna River between Dauphin and York County near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


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. [cite web| url=| date=October 6, 2006| title= History of the Pennsylvania Turnpike|first=| last=Pennsylvania Highways|| accessdate=2006-12-14] It was opened to traffic in 1950. [cite web| url=| date=November 29, 2006| title= Bridges on the Susquehanna River|first=| last=Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society|| accessdate=2006-11-29]

On November 16, 2004, the Turnpike Commission let a contract for a bridge to replace the 1950 span. [cite web |url= |title= Susquehanna River Bridge Project - Project Overview |accessdate=2007-07-11 ] 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 17 May 2007, and the eastbound span was opened on 17 June 2007. The new roadway and bridges will open to normal traffic flow in Summer 2008. Destruction of the old span was planned to begin in July 2007.


ee also

*List of crossings of the Susquehanna River

External links

* [ Susquehanna River Bridge project web site]

Crossings navbox
structure = Bridges
place = Susquehanna River
bridge = Susquehanna River Bridge
bridge signs =
upstream = John Harris Bridge
upstream signs =
downstream = Shocks Mills Bridge
downstream signs = "Pennsylvania Railroad"

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