Kathy Liebler
                        Director of Public Information

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         Contact: Patricia L. Bodack (412) 925-5018                                October 21, 1996


        The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is advising motorists that Westbound traffic will be stopped between Exit # 11 (Bedford) and Exit # 10 (Somerset) in Bedford County on Thursday, October 24 and Sunday, October 27, 1996.
        Thursday, October 24, Westbound traffic will be stopped for no more than 15 minutes at a time between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M., weather permitting.
        Sunday, October 27, 1996, Westbound traffic will be stopped twice, up to one hour each, between the hours of 6:00 A.M. and 10:00 A.M., weather permitting.
        The removal of girders on the bridge over the Turnpike at milepost 124.88 will take place as part of the ongoing construction project between mileposts 122 and 126.
        In the interests of safety, traffic will be stopped to complete the work. Message boards will be posted to advise motorists of delays. Eastbound traffic will not be affected.
        Travelers wishing to detour should exit at Bedford (#11) and follow state Route 220 South to U.S. Route 30 West (follow approximately 33 miles). Then pick up U.S. Route 219 South to state Route 281 South, and re-enter the Pennsylvania Turnpike at the Somerset Interchange (#10).
        Motorists are urged to use caution in this area, and to remember to give Pennsylvania Turnpike Highway workers a "brake".


         P.O. Box 67676, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7676         Phone: (717) 939-9551         Fax: (717) 986-9649