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Contact: Mimi Lindelow
Phone: 610-239-4117
or 610-952-1522
August 21, 2009
Mid-Day Traffic Stoppages Planned on Northeastern Extension
in Carbon County

Twenty-minute stoppages next Tuesday through Thursday required for rock-slope demolition near Lehigh River Bridge.

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA (08/21/2009)(readMedia)-- The Pennsylvania Turnpike reports that motorists traveling northbound and southbound on the PA Turnpike's Northeastern Extension (I-476) will be stopped a maximum of 20 minutes at noon on Aug. 25-27. The daily stoppages will occur south of the Lehigh Tunnel and north of the Mahoning Valley (Exit #74) Interchange.

The general contractor, Walsh Construction, will be excavating the rock slope adjacent to the Lehigh River Bridge and will require the 20-minute stoppages during the demolition task. The stoppages allow the contractor a brief window to safely complete the rock-slope demolition without jeopardizing worker and motorist safety.

State Police will stop traffic south of the Lehigh Tunnel at the Turnpike's Slatington Maintenance facility located at milepost A70.1 (where Mountain Roadcrosses the Turnpike), just north of the Mahoning Valley Interchange (Exit #74); traffic entering the Northeastern Extension from Route 209 will be stopped at the toll plaza.

Motorists traveling the 2.1-mile stretch between the Lehigh Tunnel and the Mahoning Valley Interchange should continue to anticipate traffic delays during the entire length of the project area. The contractor anticipates the complete rock-slope excavation will take several months with additional stoppages to be conducted Monday though Thursdays between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Motorists wishing to avoid delays should seek alternate routes.

The work is weather sensitive and may be delayed or rescheduled. Travel advisories will be posted on the project website at as needed.

The Turnpike's $101.6 million project to replace the two bridges that cross the Lehigh River, the Lehigh Canal, Pohopoco Creek, and PA State Route 248, the former Lehigh Valley RR and an active Norfolk Southern Railroad line, began construction this year. New bridge construction is scheduled to be completed in late 2011. The Turnpike will shift traffic onto the new bridges and demolition of the old bridges will begin with completion anticipated in late 2012.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is committed to distributing complete, accurate and consistent travel information and providing exceptional customer service. Visit the PA Turnpike website at for project updates. Be in the know before you go and call 866.976.TRIP (866.976.8747).