Construction to Begin on Smokestown Road Bridge Over Swamp Creek

Bridge to be replaced as part of Public-Private Partnership


Harrisburg, PA – Construction for the bridge that carries Smokestown Road over Swamp Creek in East Cocalico Township, Lancaster County, is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 30, as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. Smokestown Road is officially designated as State Route 1034.  Replacement of this bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from the state’s structurally deficient bridge list.

Motorists are advised the bridge will be closed to all traffic starting Monday. During this time, drivers will be directed to follow a detour along Route 897, Ridge Road and Reinholds Road. The new bridge is expected to open to traffic around mid-January 2018.

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

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. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.

To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, visit This bridge over Swamp Creek is referred to as JV-266 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.

Additional information on P3 programs in Pennsylvania can be found at or by calling the project hotline at 877-444-9990 or