Bridge Closure Frustrates Drivers in Susquehanna County

SPRINGVILLE TOWNSHIP – People who work and live near West Nicholson Road in Susquehanna County said they are frustrated and fed up, four months after a bridge was closed due to damage.

Township officials said state crews closed the span back in January, after the concrete supports shifted.

“When the inspector saw it, they closed it down immediately. It was a matter of like a couple hours after they inspected, they shut it down,” said Springville Township Supervisor Duane Wood.

The detour along bumpy roads also means more time in the school bus, for some students who attend classes at Elk Lake School District.

“The poor kids. Because of these detours, they have to be on the bus at 6:30 in the morning and they’re not home until after 4 o’clock in the afternoon,” said LuAnn Fisher. “Adults don’t even work that many hours.”

“There’s no reason it can’t be fixed. As far as there being a lack of funds, that seems wrong,” said Jeff Spadine.

PennDOT officials told Newswatch 16 that it is working on a plan to get the bridge fixed, but it’s unclear when work might start or how much the project would cost.

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