Columbia Avenue Bridge Project Update-December 2018

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: New Route 462 Bridge over Little Conestoga Creek to Wrap Up in Spring

(Questions can be directed to the contact information listed below.*)

The full replacement of the bridge carrying Route 462 (Columbia Avenue) over Little Conestoga Creek in East Hempfield, Lancaster and Manor townships, Lancaster County, currently under construction as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, is scheduled to be completed next spring.

Construction to replace the 91-year-old bridge started in late July 2018, with crews replacing the south side of the bridge. Construction on the north side of the bridge will begin in early January 2019. Route 462 (Columbia Avenue) between Stone Mill Road and Jackson Drive will be reduced from three to two travel lanes through the work zone until the construction of the new bridge is completed in late April 2019.  During construction on the north side of the bridge, the main entrance to Maple Grove Community Center located on Columbia Avenue will be closed. Beginning Friday, January 4, traffic will be detoured to an existing secondary driveway which exits to Elm Avenue. A temporary signal will be installed within the park boundary and near the Elm Avenue cul-de-sac.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work areas because slowdowns will occur.

In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change. 

This bridge is referred to as JV-259 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years.

*Contact Information on the bridges and their status is available at, or by calling the project hotline at 877-444-9990 or email   More on P3 in Pennsylvania is available at or “Public-Private Partnerships” at