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Single-lane closures, traffic stoppages continue on turnpike

Published October 05. 2009 02:55PM

The Pennsylvania Turnpike reports that motorists traveling northbound and southbound on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) should be prepared for intermittent single-lane closures through Oct. 3 between the hours of 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. All work will be conducted between milepost A71 and A76.

On Thursday, Oct. 1, traffic will be stopped a maximum of 20 minutes at noon south of the Lehigh Tunnel and north of the Mahoning Valley Interchange (Exit #74). The general contractor, Walsh Construction, will be excavating the rock slope adjacent to the Lehigh River Bridge and require the 20-minute stoppage to safely complete the rock-slope demolition without jeopardizing worker and motorist safety.

State Police will stop traffic south of the Lehigh Tunnel at the Turnpike's Slatington Maintenance facility located at milepost A70.1 (where Mountain Road crosses the Turnpike), just north of the Mahoning Valley Interchange (Exit #74); traffic entering the Northeastern Extension from Route 209 will be stopped at the toll plaza.

Motorists traveling the 2.1-mile stretch between the Lehigh Tunnel and the Mahoning Valley Interchange can anticipate traffic delays throughout the project area. The contractor anticipates the complete rock-slope excavation will take several months with additional stoppages to be conducted Monday though Thursdays between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Motorists wishing to avoid delays should 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 website at for project updates. Be in the know before you go and call 866.976.TRIP (866.976.8747).

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