Route 441 Bypass
UPDATE on the 441 Bypass Project:
Route 441 project completed its construction phase!
The project was put out to bid and the bids came in on March 13, 2014 with Kinsley Construction bidding $11,856,617.00 for the job. Construction is completed!
Ribbon cutting was held July 11, 2014
Alternative 4 Revised
A public meeting was held on July 15, 2009, to discuss the relocation of State Route 441 to a new alignment outside the Borough’s historic downtown.
Construction is scheduled to commence as early as 2011 on SR441, the major north-south arterial running through the center of Columbia’s downtown historic area. SR 441 is used for both local vehicular traffic in the Borough and for truck traffic hauling waste and other materials to US 30 and the Frey Farm Landfill. The Borough Council’s initiative to move the road is part of its strategic plan to rejuvenate the historic downtown.
The project is designed to reduce the number of vehicles that travel through downtown Columbia. Large and heavy trucks generate vibration that potentially undermines the foundations of some of the Borough’s oldest structures. In addition, the trucks’ travel through the downtown area has caused multiple accidents with other vehicles and pedestrians, and contributes to air and noise pollution in the Borough. The relocation would reduce the number of trucks by approximately 600 per day.
The SR 441 Relocation Project Team includes the Borough of Columbia, Taggart Associates, RK&K, Lancaster County Planning Commission, Lancaster Solid Waste Authority, and PENNDOT. Representatives from Norfolk Southern Corporation, PPL Electric Utilities, and other stakeholders that will be affected by the relocation have also been involved in the project’s plans.
SR 441 begins in Dauphin County and parallels the Susquehanna River and the Norfolk Southern freight rail line through Lancaster County. Through the Borough of Columbia, SR 441 is a two lane, two-way road that runs north-south. SR 441 follows Third Street (at the US30/SR441 interchange) to Locust Street and Front Street (along the Norfolk Southern rail line). The SR 441 study area is entirely within the limits of the Borough of Columbia and is bound by Third Street to the north, Locust Street and Union Street to the east, the Susquehanna River to the south, and the US 30/SR 441 interchange to the west.
The Council’s initiative to move the road is part of its strategic plan to rejuvenate the historic downtown.