The road will close at about 7 p.m. on Friday, October 6. It is scheduled to reopen Saturday afternoon, October 7. According to PennDOT records, that section of Rt. 222 carries an average of 11,334 vehicles every 24 hours.
The detour will take traffic over Camargo Rd. and onto N. Lime St. in Quarryville. It will then run west on Rt. 372 [State St.] to the intersection of Beaver Valley Pike and State St.
The closing will come the same night Solanco High School's Mules host the Pioneers from Lampeter-Strasburg.
The contractor, Kinsley Construction of York, is having the girders installed to connect two sections of the Atglen to Susquehanna Rail Trail. The two girders will span the 220-foot gap over Rt. 222
The girders will be staged at the New Providence Baptist Church parking lot on October 5 and will be moved to the construction site the following day. The crane will be delivered on October 6 and set up after the road is closed.
"They plan to set the girders at 5 a.m. on Saturday," Eldridge said. "The schedule calls for them to remove the crane at 11 a.m. [Saturday] and the roadway should clear at 2 p.m."
The installation is part of a $2.1 million project to build a pedestrian bridge over the road. The township secured $1.9 million in grants to build the bridge and PennDOT provided $200,000 to cover inspection fees.
The bridge will span the final gap in the trail.
"When this opens, people will be able to walk from Safe Harbor to Chester County," Eldridge said in April.
The pedestrian bridge replaces a stone arch built in 1906 to carry the Pennsylvania Railroad's new low grade freight rail line. The line was closed in the mid-1980s and the right of way transferred to municipalities about a decade ago. The stone arch was torn down in 2008.
The contractor hopes to get the bridge decking installed before the weather gets too cold to allow the work to continue, Eldridge said.
Construction of the new pedestrian bridge began in late June and is scheduled for completion in April, 2018.
The section of the trail between Fairview Rd. and Oak Bottom Rd. will remain closed until the project is completed.