Wright's Ferry Bridge

The Wright's Ferry Bridge carries U.S. Route 30 over the Susquehanna River between Columbia, Pennsylvania and Wrightsville, Pennsylvania and commemorates the first ferry crossing the Susquehanna (Wright's Ferry) is therefore (historically) considered a Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge, the fifth, though the fourth Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge it augments (and might have replaced) is still carrying the Lincoln Highway, unusually, according to local naming.

Also informally known locally as the Route 30 bridge, it was commissioned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the 1960s to relocate Route 30 and bypass the river towns of Wrightsville and Columbia. Construction started in March 1969 with G.A. & F.C. Wagman, Inc. as the general contractor.

It was completed in 1972 at a cost of $12,000,000 and opened November 21, 1972 under its present commemorative historical name (Wright's Ferry being both the historic Ferry's and so one of Columbia's former names). It is constructed of reinforced concrete and steel and has 46 equal sections on 45 piers. U.S. Route 30 crosses it as a divided four-lane roadway. About a year after its opening, the bridge was shut down briefly so that an experimental weather-resistant coating could be applied to its roadway. Tolls were never collected on this bridge, the sixth to cross the river in this general location.


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