Kathy Liebler

Manager, Public Affairs & Media Relations

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Carl DeFebo, (717) 939-9551, Ext. #2934

March 28, 2002

Turnpike Suspends Road Work for Easter Holiday Rush
No single-lane patterns planned on Turnpike until Monday April 1.

HARRISBURG, PA.  Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission officials today announced that all maintenance activities and construction projects on the Turnpike will be suspended to provide maximum use of the roadway during the busy Easter holiday. More than 1 million vehicles are expected to travel the Turnpike in the three-day period from Friday through Sunday.

All maintenance work will be banned beginning at 3 p.m. today until 6 a.m. on Tuesday April 2. During the weekend, maintenance crews will focus on responding to customer assistance calls and roadway emergencies.

Roadway construction work will also be put on hold to provide at least four available lanes on the entire Turnpike beginning today through Sunday.

On Monday April 1, a 3-mile, single-lane construction pattern will be established in both directions just east of the Somerset Interchange, #10/110. The westbound single-lane condition will begin Monday April 1 at 8 a.m. and run until it is lifted on Wednesday April 3 at 3 p.m. The eastbound single-lane condition will begin Monday April 1 at 3 p.m. and run until it is lifted on Friday April 5 at 3 p.m.

When approaching and driving in the single lane, motorists should turn on their headlights, use both lanes up to the merge point, maintain speed and keep ample distance from the vehicle ahead.

As the Easter weekend nears, the Turnpike Commission reminds motorists to drive cautiously, remain alert to changing patterns, buckle up and take breaks to avoid drowsiness. Motorists should be aware of the potential for slow-moving traffic due to the heavy volumes, especially today, Friday and Sunday. Extra state troopers will patrol the Turnpike, strictly enforcing traffic and seatbelt laws and aiding stranded motorists.

In the event of an emergency, customers will be informed through the Turnpike’s Variable Message Sign and Highway Advisory Radio Systems. In an emergency, call boxes provide a direct link to Turnpike dispatchers in Harrisburg. To obtain assistance, mobile phone users can dial *11. 

Before departing, Turnpike travelers can check current roadway and weather conditions by calling 1-800-331-3414 or logging onto www.paturnpike.com.

To further enhance safety during this heavily traveled period, oversized and overweight trucks will be forbidden on the Turnpike from sundown tonight through sunrise on Tuesday April 2.


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