Sections of Pennsylvania Turnpike to close to replace bridges
September 4, 2019
•Land Line Staff
Two sections of interstate highways in Pennsylvania are scheduled for weekend closures in September.
A section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike is set to close next weekend so crews can work on bridge replacements.
The section of closed interstate highway will be on the Northeastern Extension of Interstate 476 just north of the Lehigh Valley Interchange, according to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. The highway will be closed in both directions.
The interstate is scheduled to close at 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, and remain closed until 4 a.m. the following Monday, Sept. 9.
In case of a weather delay, the backup dates are Sept. 13-16, according to the Turnpike Commission.
Detours of 60-70 miles are planned.
This closure is required for replacement of the bridge located at milepost A58.8. It is between the Lehigh Valley exit No. 56 and the Mahoning Valley Exit No. 74.
The bridge has been in service since 1957.
Another section of interstate will close the last two weekends of September for another bridge replacement.
This highway closure will be on Interstate 7 on the Mainline Turnpike near the Gettysburg Interchange (Interstate 76, milepost 238.09).
- Eastbound lanes will be closed Sept. 20-23. Westbound lanes will remain open.
- Westbound lanes will close Sept. 27-30, while eastbound lanes remain open.
The Mainline Turnpike closure is scheduled from 9 p.m. on Friday through 6 a.m. on Monday for the weekends of Sept. 20-23 and Sept. 27-30.
For several months, crews have been constructing the new bridge segments near the existing bridges. When the highway section is closed, workers will demolish the existing bridges and replace them with the new spans.
Pennsylvania Turnpike travel advisories can be viewed here.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike includes 360 miles of highways. It includes sections of I-70, I-76, I-276 and I-95. It connects to the Ohio Turnpike. It also connects to the New Jersey Turnpike via the Delaware River Turnpike Bridge.