Kathy Liebler

Manager, Public Affairs & Media Relations

C  O  M  M  I  S  S  I  O  N       N  E  W  S       R  E  L  E  A  S  E


Carl DeFebo, 717-939-9551, ext. 2934

March 3, 2002


Single-Lane Conditions Near Somerset to Resume on Turnpike Late Sunday Night
Crews will position temporary barrier in preparation for construction project.

HARRISBURG, PA. The Pennsylvania Turnpike today announced that sections of the roadway near the Allegheny Tunnel and the Somerset Interchange will again be limited to a single lane as follows:

·        EASTBOUND TURNPIKE between milepost 120-122 beginning at 11 p.m. Sunday March 10 through 8 a.m. on Tuesday March 12.

·        WESTBOUND TURNPIKE between milepost 114-122 beginning at 11 p.m. Sunday March 10 through 8 a.m. on Friday March 15. Because this single-lane pattern stretches through the Allegheny Tunnel, motorists should be aware of the possibility of lengthy delays.

During these single-lane closures, construction crews will place temporary concrete barrier in preparation for the total reconstruction of the Turnpike between milepost 109-122 in Somerset County. The $94 million project involves a complete rebuild of the roadway.

Motorists approaching Somerset on these days should be aware of the potential for slow-moving or stopped traffic that may occur in the event of an accident or breakdown in the single-lane pattern.

For up-to-date information, the Turnpike advises approaching motorists to tune car radios to 1640AM or 1610AM when so alerted by variable message signs. In addition, real-time traffic conditions are posted on the Turnpike website, www.paturnpike.com. Project-specific information is available by clicking on the “construction/expansion” button and then selecting “Somerset Reconstruction.” Four real-time traffic cams can be viewed under “Visual Traffic Report.”

In addition, a toll-free project information hotline is available at 1-866-822-6215.


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