C O M M I S S I O N N E W S R E L E A S E
Joe Agnello (724) 755-5262, (724) 755-5142 (fax)
March 13, 2003
STOPPAGES, TURNPIKE LANE CLOSURES
using the Pennsylvania Turnpike in southwestern Butler County may face
lane closures and periodic traffic stoppages next week, depending on their
time of travel, so that crews can set beams for the bridge that will carry
the new Turnpike/Interstate 79 connector road over the Cranberry
necessitating the traffic restrictions will begin at 6 pm Monday, March 17
and will continue on an evening/overnight schedule through Sunday morning,
March 23, weather permitting. The evening/overnight work will run from 6
pm to 7 am with one exception. On Friday evening, March 21, work will not
begin until 7 pm.
will directly affect Turnpike traffic only but could cause delays on U.S.
Route 19 in the Cranberry/Marshall area if eastbound entry traffic to the
Turnpike is heavy.
stoppages lasting no more than 15 minutes will occur so that beams can be
set into position and secured and to allow crews to perform other tasks
over the affected lanes after beam placement. Traffic will be allowed to
clear between the stoppages for beam placement and the stoppages for
related work over affected lanes.
March 17-18 and March 18-19, work will require a closure of the right
westbound lane on I-76 from 6 pm to 7 am. In addition, there will be
periodic stoppages of westbound traffic.
on March 19-20 and March 20-21 will require closure of the right eastbound
lane and the acceleration lane serving traffic entering at Cranberry to go
east, again from 6 pm to 7 am. In addition, there will be periodic
stoppages of eastbound traffic.
On March 21-22, work will require
closure of the right eastbound lane, the right westbound lane and the
eastbound acceleration lane from 7 pm to 7 am. The same restrictions will
be in effect from 6 pm Saturday, March 22 until 7 am Saturday, March 23.
In addition, all traffic on I-76 will be stopped periodically
during the evening/overnight shifts on March 21-22 and March 22-23.
The $45 million Turnpike/I-79 Connector Project is targeted for completion in May 2004.
P.O. Box 67676, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7676 Phone: (717) 939-9551 Fax: (717) 986-9649