The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has awarded a $1.8 million contract to Pavex, Inc.of Camp Hill to expand and upgrade the Carlisle Interchange (Exit #16). Work on the project is now underway and is scheduled for completion in late August.
Most of the new construction will take place on the Northwest side of the interchange where two new entry lanes will be constructed along with two new toll booths. An existing emergency lane will be converted into an exit lane and a temporary toll booth on that lane will be replaced with a permanent booth. When completed, the Carlisle Interchange will have a total of four entry and five exit lanes.
Traffic flows have been increasing through the Carlisle interchange and this will give use the ability to move vehicles through the interchange faster," said Harold Harman, a construction engineer for the Turnpike." This project will complement work the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is completing on Route 11. Together, these improvements will greatly enhance the flow of traffic between I-81 and the Turnpike."
The Carlisle Interchange is one of the oldest on the Turnpike, having served as the eastern terminus of the Turnpike when it first opened for business in 1940. At that time, the Turnpike was the nation's only superhighway and offered four-lane service from Carlisle to Irwin, PA. The interchange was moved two miles east to its present location when the Carlisle to Irwin, PA. The interchange was moved two miles east to its present location when the Carlisle to Valley Forge section of the Turnpike opened in 1950.