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May 7, 2010
Lehigh Tunnel Closures Scheduled Next Week

Daytime tunnel maintenance to impact traffic on I-476 Monday – Wednesday
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA (05/07/2010)(readMedia)-- The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling the PA Northeastern Extension (I-476), approaching the Lehigh Tunnel from the Lehigh Valley (Exit #56) and Mahoning Valley (Exit #74) Interchanges, to be prepared for single lane patterns and bi-directional traffic in the southbound tunnel, Monday through Wednesday (May 10-12). The northbound tube will be closed to traffic for routine maintenance between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Northbound traffic will be diverted into the southbound tube and all motorists on I-476 approaching the tunnel should stay alert when entering the tunnel. Motorists are urged to turn on headlights; slow down and keep an adequate distance from the vehicle you are following; remain in your lane and do not pass other vehicles when traveling through the single lane pattern in effect between milepost A70-A72. The work is weather sensitive and may be delayed or rescheduled.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is committed to distributing complete, accurate and consistent travel information and providing exceptional customer service. Travel advisories will be posted on the website at or and the Highway Advisory Radio (1640 am) will be activated to provide travel updates. Be in the know before you go and call 866.976.TRIP (866.976.8747). For emergencies, dial *11 on your mobile phone.

Slow down and obey posted speed limits through all work zones. Speed limits will be enforced and fines increased.