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20 minute stoppages planned next week near Lehigh River Bridge

Published October 23. 2009 05:00PM

The Pennsylvania Turnpike reports that motorists traveling northbound and southbound on the PA Turnpike's Northeastern Extension (I-476) will be stopped a maximum of 20 minutes at noon Oct. 26, 28 and 29. The three-day stoppages will occur south of the Lehigh Tunnel and north of the Mahoning Valley Interchange (Exit #74).

The general contractor, Walsh Construction, continues to excavate the rock slope adjacent to the Lehigh River Bridge and will require the 20-minute stoppages to safely complete the rock-slope demolition without jeopardizing worker and motorist safety.

State Police will stop traffic, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday south of the Lehigh Tunnel at the Slatington Maintenance facility, milepost A70.1 (where Mountain Road crosses the Turnpike), just north of the Mahoning Valley Interchange; traffic entering the Northeastern Extension from Route 209 will be stopped at the toll plaza.

In addition to the daytime stoppages, northbound motorists should be prepared for intermittent single-lane closures overnight Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 7 p.m. and 11 a.m. when traveling the 2.1-mile stretch between the Lehigh Tunnel and the Mahoning Valley Interchange.

The contractor anticipates the complete rock-slope excavation will take several months with additional stoppages to be conducted Tuesday though Thursdays between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Motorists should anticipate traffic delays during the entire length of the project; to avoid delays seek alternate routes. The work is weather sensitive and may be delayed or rescheduled. Travel advisories will be posted on the project website at as needed.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is committed to distributing complete, accurate and consistent travel information and providing exceptional customer service. Visit the PA Turnpike Web site at for project updates. Be in the know before you go and call 866-976-TRIP (866-976-8747).

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