Turnpike’s Northeastern Extension to close Six Hours Early Sunday for Bridge Work

June 10, 2010

Contact: Mimi Doyle, Public Involvement Specialist
Public Information
610-239-4117

Turnpike’s Northeastern Extension to close Six Hours Early Sunday for Bridge Work
I-476 will shut down from midnight to 6 a.m. between Mid-County and Lansdale exits.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission cautions motorists that an 11-mile stretch of the Northeastern Extension (I-476) will be closed in both directions for six hours this weekend between Mid-County (Exit #20) and Lansdale (Exit #31) to allow a contractor to place beams for the new bridge carrying Walton Road (SR 3012) over the Turnpike in Plymouth Township, Montgomery County.

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, June 13 all southbound traffic will be diverted off at the Lansdale Interchange and motorists intending to travel north from I-276 will exit at the Fort Washington Interchange to reenter I-476 at Lansdale. The Turnpike will reopen to traffic by 6 a.m. Sunday.

Preparations for the shutdown will begin Saturday June 12 when the left-lane will be closed southbound on I-476 at 10 p.m. and northbound at 11 p.m. within the construction zone between milepost A20-A22. At 11 p.m. local traffic on Walton Road will be restricted to one lane. Motorists should expect slow-moving or stopped traffic when approaching the construction areas until traffic is restored on I-476 at 6 a.m.

Pennsylvania State Police and Turnpike personnel will be positioned at the Lansdale, Mid-County, and Norristown Interchanges with information to assist motorists. The Turnpike Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) will be activated and motorists can tune to 1640 AM for detour information and traffic conditions. Changeable message signs are currently in place to provide the traveling public with updated information regarding closures and detours. Motorists are encouraged to plan their travel accordingly. For emergencies, dial *11 on your mobile phone.

DETOURS

· Traveling southbound on I-476 — Exit at Lansdale Interchange (#31). Turn left onto Sumneytown Pike. At the second light, turn left onto Forty Foot Road (SR 63-east). Travel 1.5 miles, and turn right onto Welsh Road (SR 63-east) to US Route 309-south. Reenter the Turnpike at Fort Washington. Travel east on the Pa. Turnpike (I-276) to get to Philadelphia and New Jersey. Travel west on the Pa. Turnpike (I-276) to get to Harrisburg and points west. Motorists bound for I-476 south (Blue Route) to I-76 and I-95 should also follow the Turnpike westbound from Fort Washington, exiting at Mid-County to continue southbound on I-476.

· Traveling northbound on I-476 (Blue Route) — From I-76 and I-95, continue northbound on the Northeastern Extension. All traffic will enter the Turnpike at the Mid-County Plaza and continue eastbound on I-276 to the Fort Washington Interchange (Exit #339). Exit the Turnpike and travel north on Route 309. Turn left on Welsh Road (Route 63-west) and follow the signs to reenter I-476 at the Lansdale Interchange.

· Traveling east or west on I-276 to the northbound Northeastern Extension – All traffic will exit the Turnpike at the Fort Washington Interchange (Exit #339) and travel north on Route 309. Turn left on Welsh Road (Route 63-west) and follow the signs to reenter I-476 at the Lansdale Interchange.

The Turnpike urges motorists to stay alert and travel at posted speed limits through work zones. Speed limits will be enforced and fines increased. For more information visit www.paturnpike.com/ConstructionProjects/mpA20toA30/  or call the project hotline at 1-877-855-2545. In case of inclement weather, the closure will be rescheduled the following weekend (June 19-20) with times and detour information still applicable.

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 www.paturnpike.com for project updates. Be in the know before you go and call 866.976.TRIP (866.976.8747).

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