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Contact: Tom Fox
Phone: 724-755-5260
August 11, 2009
Pa. Turnpike Lane Restrictions between Irwin and New Stanton

Eastbound delays expected

NEW STANTON, PA (08/11/2009)(readMedia)-- Eastbound motorists on the Pennsylvania Turnpike mainline (Interstate 76) will encounter a 3-mile long single-lane pattern at milepost 72.2 - 75.2. The single-lane will be in effect from 7 p.m. Aug. 11 until noon Aug. 12, weather permitting.

Eastbound turnpike travelers should be aware of the chance for slow-moving or stopped traffic between the Irwin (#67) and New Stanton (#75) exits, with possible delays of 30-60 minutes especially during the morning commute rush hour on Wednesday.

The contractor will be closing the right-lane for 3-miles while shifting temporary concrete barrier in the work zone to prepare for the next construction stage. Once the barrier shift begins, the single-lane pattern must stay in place until all barrier segments are relocated.

Unsuitable weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances may slow progress and result in the single-lane being extended beyond the noon target. In that case, delays and traffic backlogs could become even longer on Wednesday.

The single-lane restriction is needed for the Turnpike's Milepost 67-74 total-reconstruction project. The contractor, New Enterprise, will shift traffic onto newly built shoulder and right lanes so that reconstruction can commence on the passing lanes and center median.

Information on traffic conditions in this area can be obtained via the Turnpike Roadway Information Program by calling 866-976-TRIP (8747) or by visiting the Travel Conditions Map on the Turnpike's website,