UPDATE - Bernheisel Bridge in Cumberland County Is Scheduled To Be Closed TO vehicles Until AROUND feb. 12 - A.T. Should NOT be Affected
Cumberland County began repairs on the Bernheisel Bridge last October. According to Kirk Stoner: "We have finally received all of our required permits to begin the process of our superstructure replacement project for Bernheisel Bridge in Middlesex Township. Over the next several months we will be working through the formal bidding process for the job. Bernheisel Bridge Road will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning October 15, 2015. We now expect the bridge to reopen to traffic around February 12. There will be access for hikers on the Appalachian Trail to safely cross the construction zone."
Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) reports that Bernheisel Bridge Road will be closed to vehicular traffic during that time, but the A.T. will remain open. For safety reasons, the A.T. north of the bridge will cross on the road grade (the old A.T. location), rather than going under the bridge. Around 6 to 8 trees will be removed on the northeast side of the bridge for placement of a temporary crane platform ("causeway"). The county will plant replacement trees after the work is completed.
There will be a second, more brief closure of the road in early April to finish with the paving. Again, the Trail will remain open during that closure.
ATC has posted a notice about this project on the Scott Farm kiosk and on the "Trail Updates" page of ATC's website. HERE is a link to the Trail Updates page. The contractor is to post notices for hikers on the Trail to the north and south of the project site. Below is the notice that will be posted at the job site.
CVATC will post more information as we receive it. Follow THIS LINK for an earlier story on pennlive.com. HERE is a link to an earlier story on Cumberlink.