PennDOT Annouces Start of Construction on Route 23 Bridge over Chickies Creek

Construction for the Route 23 (Marietta Avenue) bridge spanning Chickies Creek in West Hempfield and East Donegal townships, Lancaster County, is scheduled to begin during the week of April 30 as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. Replacement of this bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from the list of structurally deficient bridges in Lancaster County.

During construction, drivers will be directed to follow a detour along Route 441 (Chickies Hill Road), Route 30, and Prospect Road (State Route 4001). The new bridge should be completed in late August.

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

This bridge is referred to as JV-253 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.

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 impact on motorists.

To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, visit Additional information on P3 programs in Pennsylvania can be found at or by calling the project hotline at 877-444-9990 or email