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Are bikes not allowed on the Route 1 crossing at Conowingo Dam?

I believe that bikes are allowed on the route 1 crossing, but I guess it's not considered to be a "safe way to cross" the river. Compare the street view of the route 1 crossing and the bridge on Holtwood Road in PA.

I can say from personal experience that I've crossed the Holtwood bridge a few times by bike and never felt uncomfortable. On the other hand, I've crossed the route 1 bridge by car a few times and mentally made a note to avoid it on a bike.

The Conowingo crossing is legal but terrifying & unsafe for bikes. More than half a mile of high speed traffic, you must take the lane (double yellow line, no room to pass) and there is no bailout at all. There are no pedestrian facilities.

I couldn't find a web page or press release at the ECG site with this information on it. Does this post come from an email appeal?

(I guess the petition page itself has pretty much all the same info...)

Re: the Rte 1 crossing street view. I know I'm going to have nightmares tonight about that.

Why not convert the old Amtrak bridge to a ped/bike bridge and keep it? This was done in New York State on the Hudson River.

I think to maintain service, any new amtrack bridge would be built parallel to the old one. Funds to convert that bridge from an open deck rail road bridge to a closed-deck pedestrian and bicycle bridge would probably be less than the cost to tear down the old bridge (minus the salvage cost for the metal). The challenge would be to change ownership of the bridge from CSX or whomever owns it to some local authority, and then have them raise funds for maintenance.

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