Route 772 bridge at Warwick Road to close the week of June 25

By on June 13, 2018

The closure of the Route 772 bridge at Warwick Road is set to begin the week of June 25.

The project is part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, which is intended to replace aging bridges that have been designated at being at risk. PennDOT waited to do the repairs after schools closed for the summer, to alleviate impact to bus transportation. With an estimated 9,000 daily trips over the bridge that crosses Lititz Run, thousands of drivers will be affected by the closure. Starting the week of June 25, the bridge will be completely closed for 75 days or more. During that time drivers will be directed to follow a 9.5 mile detour route along Route 501, Route 772 and Route 272. Reopening of the bridge is not expected until Labor Day.

“It’s going to have a major affect on traffic,” said  Warwick Township manager Daniel Zimmerman. “We will have to deal with the change in traffic patterns. It is what it is.”

Another change on the way will be the temporary closure of the Sheetz at Route 501 and Newport Road. The Sheetz store is being expanded and completely remodeled to meet current design standards for the Sheetz stores.

The closure of the Route 772 bridge at Warwick Road is set to begin the week of June 25.

The expansion will increase the size of the store from 4,200 square feet to 6,676 square feet, providing improved serving areas and a seating area for customers. The entrance on Route 501 will be moved farther north to provide better traffic flow near the intersection, with a right/left-in and right-out design. The 12 gas pumps will be reconfigured to 10 pumps, in a new upgraded canopy design.

Brian Soyka of Sheetz noted that the Sheetz, just north of Lititz, is one of the first Sheetz stores in Lancaster County, and badly in need of an update. Supervisors approved the revised land development plan, prepared by RGS Associates.

“The store will be closed for 10 weeks during reconstruction,” said Soyka, adding that the Sheetz is expected to close in mid-July and reopen by the end of September. Supervisors also OK’d the final land development plan and lot add-on for the new Orrstown Bank, which will be located near the intersection of West Woods Drive and Lititz Pike. Access to the bank will be from West Woods Drive, with frontage along Lititz Pike.

The plan calls for the bank to be located in a 3,000-square-foot building that runs along Lititz Pike, with three drive-through lanes, one for ATM and two for bank teller business. To make way for the bank, three lots fronting Lititz Pike are being demolished. The properties were rental properties, with two having poor visibility driveways directly onto Lititz Pike.

Warwick Township Supervisors awarded the contract for the school zone flashing light at Kissel Hill Elementary School to Herr Signal and Lighting, which will be installed over the summer.
Andy Snader was sworn in as a new fire police member by Rothsville Fire Chief Sam Young and Warwick Township Supervisors chairman Logan Myers. Snader has been involved with the Brecknock Fire Company for 18 years and wanted to volunteer in Warwick Township.

Laura Knowles is a freelance feature writer and regular contributor to the Record Express. She can be reached at 

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