Columbia/Wrightsville Bridge

PennDOT District 8-0 | Lancaster and York Counties, PA

This project includes the preliminary engineering, final design, and construction consultation for the rehabilitation of the Columbia/Wrightsville Bridge over the Susquehanna River in Lancaster and York counties. The Bridge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was the longest multi-span concrete arch bridge in the world when built. In addition to its 28 arches each spanning an impressive 185 feet, an additional 20 approach spans (mostly curved t-beams) complete the bridge, yielding an impressive total length of over a mile. With a 48 foot wide out-to-out deck width containing a 38 foot roadway, this is also a fairly wide bridge for its age as well. The length of the bridge coupled with its width results in a bridge with a footprint of about eight acres. AEG survey services included staking the alignment, setting permanent benchmarks and establishing horizontal control to facilitate the use of a drone to scan the bridge deck surface. In addition, AEG, using conventional survey methods, located the utilities and the high water mark as visible and obtained topographic features. AEG is providing environmental clearance and permitting for the bridge including consultation for a federal endangered species, Section 4(f) evaluation, public involvement, and Chapter 105/Section 404 approval.