The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling between Pocono and Mahoning Valley to be prepared for six 15-minute stoppages and bidirectional, right-lane closures between 6 p.m. on Monday night, Oct. 19 and 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Oct. 20. Traffic will be stopped a maximum of 15 minutes to allow the contractor to lift several steel girders into place on the new bridge where Route 903 crosses the turnpike at milepost A87.7.

Overnight bidirectional lane restrictions will continue on I-476, Oct. 20-21 and Turnpike travelers should anticipate slow-moving or stopped traffic when approaching this area between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. Thursday morning. Unsuitable weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances may slow progress and result in the single-lane restrictions being extended to Friday morning.

Route 903 has remained open during construction but motorists traveling the local road on Oct. 19 should be prepared for traffic being restricted to one-lane during the placement of the new bridge beams.

Loftus Construction Inc. of Cinnaminson, N.J. was awarded the $2.2 million design/build project for the partial replacement of the bridge on May 5. The new bridge, part of a $25-$30 million E-ZPass only interchange to be completed in the fall of 2011, is located nine miles south of the Pocono Interchange (Exit No. 95) and 13 miles north of the Mahoning Valley Interchange (Exit #74). Construction on the ramps and ancillary roads for the new E-ZPass interchange is tentatively scheduled to begin in September 2010.

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