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May 14, 2010

I-476 North Closed This Weekend between Wyoming Valley, Clarks Summit

All traffic to be detoured for roadwork in Clarks Summit, Lackawanna County

The Pennsylvania Turnpike cautions northbound motorists on I-476 that a 16-mile stretch of the Northeastern Extension will be shut down with a detour for nine hours this weekend between Wyoming Valley (Exit #115) and Clarks Summit (Exit #131).

At midnight, Saturday, May 15 until 9 a.m. Sunday morning May 16 ALL northbound traffic will be diverted off at the Wyoming Valley Interchange (Exit #115).

Additionally, motorists entering I-476 southbound at Clarks Summit should be prepared for a single-lane pattern closing the left lane between the interchange and milepost A129.

The closures will allow a contractor to install concrete median barrier and perform milling and paving operations northbound between mileposts A129-A130 and roadway repairs on the bridge carrying the Turnpike over Edella Road.

At the Clarks Summit Interchange, the ramp that connects the northbound Turnpike to Interstate 81 will be closed.

The detour using Rt. 315 to I-81 is approximately 21 miles. Customers can obtain an alternate-route card at the Wyoming Valley Toll Plaza (milepost A112).

Pennsylvania State Police and Turnpike personnel will help direct motorists requiring assistance. The Turnpike Highway Advisory Radio has been activated; motorists choosing to use E-ZPass Only lanes can tune to 1640 AM to obtain detour information.

This work is weather sensitive and could be rescheduled for the weekend of May 22-23. All motorists are urged to use caution and remain alert for slow-moving or stopped traffic and travel at posted speed limits through work zones.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is committed to distributing complete, accurate and consistent travel information and exceptional customer service. Motorists are encouraged to plan their travel accordingly. Be in the know before you go and call 1.866.976.TRIP (8747).

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