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Tunnel closures next week

Published September 11. 2010 09:00AM

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling the Northeastern Extension (I-476) of the Pennsylvania Turnpike approaching the Lehigh Tunnel from the Lehigh Valley (Exit 56) and Mahoning Valley (Exit 74) Interchange, to be prepared for the northbound tunnel to be closed Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Sept. 13-15.

Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., northbound traffic will be diverted into the southbound tube. Motorists on I-476 approaching the Lehigh Tunnel should be prepared for bi-directional traffic in the southbound tube during the scheduled closures.

Motorists are urged to turn on headlights; slow down and keep an adequate distance from the vehicle you are following; remain in your lane and do not pass other vehicles when traveling through the single lane pattern in effect between milepost A72-A70. The work is weather sensitive and may be delayed or rescheduled.

Changeable message signs will provide updated information and the Turnpike's Highway Advisory Radio (1640 AM) will be activated. Motorists are encouraged to plan their travel accordingly. For emergencies, dial *11 on your mobile phone.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is committed to distributing complete, accurate and consistent travel information and providing exceptional customer service. Visit or get real-time PA Turnpike alerts by calling 866.976.8747 (TRIP). The toll-free, voice-activated TRIP line has frequent updates and provides targeted audio alerts for specific turnpike sections.

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