The good news: The long-awaited new Lititz Pike bridge will open Wednesday, weather permitting.

The bad news: The one-lane travel restrictions will simply be switched from the old bridge to the new span.

The single-lane travel will allow for the reconstruction of Lititz Pike’s intersection with Keller and Marshall avenues, project construction manager Mike Sisson said.

The new bridge is not expected to open to its full capacity until late October, after the old bridge is removed, Sisson said.

The entire $26.26 million project is expected to be completed by late October, said Sisson, of Michael Baker Inc., the engineering firm contracted by PennDOT for the project.

Along with replacing the old bridge, the project is aligning Lititz Pike with North Duke Street, eliminating the dogleg that had taken southbound motorists onto McGovern Avenue.

In June 2013, that dogleg was replaced with a temporary one onto Liberty Street.

Concurrent with opening the bridge next week, PennDOT will open McGovern Avenue, between North Queen and North Duke streets, to two-way traffic. The change will allow greater access to the Amtrak station.

In coming months, the block of McGovern Avenue between Queen and North Prince streets will also become two-way. That will occur after the road is widened, curbing installed and paving completed, Sisson said.

The old four-lane bridge, built in 1939, will be dismantled and removed after utility connections under the new bridge are operating.

Frontier, Comcast, PPL and Verizon will all have lines crossing the Amtrak rails on the new bridge. All but Verizon have completed cable installation, Sisson said.

Once the old bridge is removed, Lititz Avenue — the one-block street parallel to the bridge — will become a cul-de-sac.

The new bridge will have two 11-foot-wide lanes in both northbound and southbound directions. Turn lanes at each end increase the width to a third lane.

Sisson said plans include sidewalks on each side of the bridge. Preliminary plans for a four-foot shoulder did not make it into the blueprints. There is no shoulder or bike lane on the bridge, he said.

Detours will be posted to direct motorists to businesses on Marshall Avenue, he said.

Keller Avenue was partially reopened to traffic two weeks ago.

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Bernard Harris is a Lancaster Newspapers staff writer who covers transportation issues and Lancaster City Hall. He also blogs about bicycling at Road Apples and Potholes. He can be reached at or (717) 481-6022. You can also follow@BHarris_LNP on Twitter.