Kathy Liebler

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Carl DeFebo, 717.939.9551 Ext. 2934

June 7, 2002



TRAVEL ADVISORY:
Road Work Will Limit Turnpike to Single Lane Near Donegal

HARRISBURG, PA. (Friday, June 7, 2002) The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission today announced that sections of the roadway near the Donegal Interchange (#9/91) in Westmoreland County will be limited to a single lane next week due to the start of a construction project.

The lane restrictions will occur as follows:

        Eastbound Turnpike: Single-lane pattern begins Sunday, June 9 at midnight until Friday, June 14 at 7 a.m. (103 hours).

        Westbound Turnpike: Single-lane pattern begins Wednesday, June 12 at 4 a.m. until Wednesday, June 12 at midnight (20 hours).

The site of both single-lane patterns is from milepost 90 to 94. This area begins west of the Donegal Interchange and continues 3 miles east of that interchange. Motorists approaching Donegal on these days should be aware of the potential for slow-moving or stopped traffic that may occur in or prior to the single-lane pattern.

During these lane closures, construction crews will be placing temporary concrete barrier. Because some of the work cannot be completed in rain, the single-lane condition could be rescheduled in case of inclement weather.

The work is a part of the total reconstruction of the Turnpike between milepost 85-94 in Westmoreland County. The $66.8 million project involves a complete rebuild of the roadway. It marks the first time this segment of Turnpike has been replaced from the ground up since it opened more than 61 years ago. The 9-mile project is to be completed in the fall of 2005.

Dick Corp., Pittsburgh, is providing construction management services for the job, and the general contractor is New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., New Enterprise, Pa. Other work that will occur as part of this project includes a completely new interchange configuration consisting of a new bridge, new on and off ramps, and new lighting as well as the construction of a new third eastbound lane from milepost 89 to 94.

For up-to-date information, the Turnpike advises approaching motorists to tune car radios to 1640AM when so alerted by variable message signs. In addition, real-time traffic conditions are posted on the Turnpike website, www.paturnpike.com.

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