Saturday, July 20, 2024

[LNP | LancasterOnline] Route 30 lane closures in Columbia Borough on Monday

There will be lane restrictions Monday on eastbound and westbound Route 30 at the Columbia/Marietta/Route 441 exit in Lancaster County to allow for the installation of traffic management equipment.

Weather permitting, there will be left lane restrictions in place at the exit from 9 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m. so a newly installed contraflow gate, situated on the east side of the Route 30 (Wrights Ferry) Bridge spanning the Susquehanna River in Columbia, can be demonstrated, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The contraflow gate is an incident management tool that allows two single lanes of traffic to be directed onto either the eastbound or westbound Route 30 bridge should an incident occur that shuts down traffic on the opposite structure. The gate would only be used in the event of a long-term closure related to an incident.

The gate will be used in conjunction with traffic control devices to separate opposite lanes of traffic and a median crossover located on the west side of the bridge in York County.

Motorists should be alert and drive with caution.

This work was included in a project to improve the median barrier on the Wrights Ferry Bridge.

JD Eckman Inc. of West Sadsbury Township, Chester County, is the primary contractor on this $5,247,787 project. 

Friday, July 19, 2024

Extensive damage from fire at Tollbooth Antiques, main building to be demolished

An angel at the rear of Tollbooth Antiques miraculously survived the heat from last night's blaze. 

Firefighters from multiple departments spent hours battling the immense blaze at Tollbooth Antiques last night. Fire officials and police were on-site this morning to assess the damage. 

Sources indicate that the primary structure suffered extensive damage and will need to be demolished. The building is insured, but vendors were not covered under the insurance. No injuries were reported.

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Units respond to 3-alarm fire in Columbia

Firefighters responded to a fire call at the Tollbooth Antiques building, 2nd & Chestnut Street at about 8:30 this evening. The fire quickly engulfed the structure and went to three alarms. Several departments from Lancaster and York Counties responded.

Monday, July 15, 2024

Deeds Recorded - Columbia Borough - July 15, 2024

The estate of Mary Lou Gentzler conveyed 21 N. 13th St. to David T. Mountz and Deborah J. Mountz for $342,901.

Philip R. Haberstroh and Anne R. Haberstroh conveyed 543 Chestnut St. to Thomas Carroll and Rachel Knighton for $1.

Sunday, July 14, 2024

About Town - July 14, 2024

This week's photos of Columbia 

(Click/tap on photos to see larger, sharper images.)


The Lancaster County Sheriff's Department, Lancaster County Probation and Parole, and the Columbia Borough Police Department conducted a Borough-wide warrant detail on July 9th. Approximately 30 Officers and Deputies checked residences of known offenders and persons having outstanding warrants. Some offenders turned themselves in at the Columbia Police Department. Twelve arrests were made for various offenses to include Simple Assault, Strangulation, Resisting Arrest, Parole Violations and various other offenses. Six of the individuals arrested were committed to Lancaster County Prison. The Columbia Borough Police Department is appreciative to our County Law Enforcement partners for the ongoing support.


A large digital billboard was installed near the site of the former visitors center at 445 Linden Street. Columbia Borough Council voted last December to amend its off-premise signs ordinance to allow the billboard to be installed. PennDOT also approved the installation.

Joseph from Rich Hardin Construction worked on the project.


New parking space lines on the 400 block of Cherry

Seen at Laurel Hill


Breezy evening

Growing together

Always bring your backhoe with you.

July 4th leftover

The mayfly - Columbia's mascot?

Cicada killer
They generally avoid humans, and who can blame them?

Here's what they eat.

Spielberg-esque clouds
(Are the aliens coming?)

New boat trailer parking space?

Here's the plate.

Somebody missing a bike?
(River Park)

An anorexic devil standing proud at Columbia Curiosities

There he is again.

A couple of guys drilling a hole in South 4th Street

Hey, there's the trolley!

Going to where they're biting

A good boy cooling off in the river