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20 minute stoppages on turnpike

Published October 25. 2010 05:00PM

The Pennsylvania Turnpike reports that motorists traveling northbound and southbound on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) will be stopped a maximum of 20 minutes between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. October today and Wednesday

The stoppages will occur south of the Lehigh Tunnel and north of the Mahoning Valley Interchange (Exit No. 74).

The daytime stoppages are scheduled to occur at 1 p.m. today and Wednesday but may be conducted anytime within the allowable window of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The contractor has scheduled Tuesday (Oct. 26) and Thursday (Oct. 28) as back-up dates if needed.

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. Motorists should anticipate delays during the project; to avoid delays seek alternate routes.

Travel advisories will be posted on the project website at and the Highway Advisory Radio (1640AM) will be activated to provide updates.

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 all project updates.

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