Twenty-minute stoppages planned next week near Lehigh River Bridge
The Pennsylvania Turnpike reports that motorists traveling northbound and southbound on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) of the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be stopped a maximum of 20 minutes between 1 and 2 p.m. Monday, August 30 to Wednesday, September 1. The stoppages will occur south of the Lehigh Tunnel and north of the Mahoning Valley Interchange (Exit #74).
The daytime stoppages are scheduled to occur at 1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1) but may be conducted anytime within the allowable window of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
State Police will stop northbound traffic before the Lehigh Tunnel at the Slatington Maintenance facility (milepost A70.1) where Mountain Road crosses the Turnpike. Southbound traffic will be stopped just north of the Mahoning Valley Interchange. Traffic entering the Northeastern Extension from Route 209 will be stopped at the toll plaza.
The 20-minute stoppages are required to safely complete rock-slope demolition without risking worker and motorist safety. Times are tentative and may vary due to weather or geological conditions each day.
Motorists should anticipate delays during the project; to avoid delays seek alternate routes.
Travel advisories will be posted on the project website at www.lehighbridge.com and the Highway Advisory Radio (1640AM) will be activated to provide updates.