Kathy Liebler

Manager, Public Affairs & Media Relations

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Carl DeFebo, 717-939-9551, ext 2934

April 17, 2002

Westbound Turnpike Limited to Single Lane Today 
as Crews Perform Emergency Repairs Near Somerset
Contractor expects to lift the lane restriction by 7 a.m. tomorrow.

HARRISBURG, PA. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has announced that a westbound single-lane pattern before the Somerset Interchange (#10/110) in Somerset County will be in place until approximately 7 a.m. Thursday.

Motorists should be aware of the likelihood of delays due to the heavy traffic — especially from noon to 6 p.m. today. Westbound motorists approaching the Allegheny Tunnel (milepost 123) should stay alert for slow-moving or stopped traffic.

The single-lane pattern — that is less than a half-mile long — starts at milepost 117 (about 5 miles past the Allegheny Tunnel and 7 miles prior to the Somerset Interchange) and ends at milepost 116.

Eastbound traffic is still open to two lanes in this area.

During this single-lane closure, crews are repairing a large pothole that developed in the total-reconstruction work zone this morning around 4 a.m.

If it becomes necessary to divert traffic off the Turnpike due to an accident or excessive backup in the work area, cars will be taken off at the Bedford Interchange (#11/146) and trucks will be taken off at the Breezewood Interchange (#12/161). Collectors at these interchanges will issue a reroute card that instructs exiting motorists how to get back onto the Turnpike. Motorists wishing to avoid the area may voluntarily elect to use this detour.

For up-to-date information, the Turnpike advises approaching motorists to tune car radios to 1640AM or 1610AM when alerted by variable message boards. 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 selecting “Somerset Reconstruction.” Four real-time traffic cams can be viewed under “Visual Traffic Report.” In addition, a toll-free project hotline is now open at 1-866-822-6215.


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