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Contact: Mimi Doyle
Phone: 610-239-4117
September 14, 2010
Bridge-Beam Placement to Close Northeastern Extension Early Sunday, Sept. 19

Some preparatory work necessitates nighttime single-lane closures beginning Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission cautions motorists that an 11-mile stretch of the Northeastern Extension will be closed in both directions for six hours on Sept. 19 between Mid-County (Exit #20) and Lansdale (Exit #31) on I-476. The closure is needed to place steel girders on the bridge that carries Morris Road (SR 2001) over the Turnpike at milepost A27.2 in Upper Gwynedd and Worcester Townships, Montgomery County.

At 12:01 a.m. early Sunday morning, Sept. 19, all southbound traffic will be diverted off at the Lansdale Interchange. Motorists wishing to travel northbound will be directed to exit I-276 at the Fort Washington Interchange to return to I-476 at Lansdale. The Pennsylvania Turnpike mainline will reopen by 6 a.m. Sunday.

On Saturday night Sept. 18 at 11 p.m., the contractor will close the northbound right lane to assemble the crane. Motorists should be prepared for slow-moving or stopped traffic when traveling within the work zone between milepost A25-A29.

Prior to this weekend's work, Wednesday night (Sept. 15) at 7 p.m. the southbound right-lane will be closed to allow the contractor to install parts of the girders over the Turnpike. State Police will then conduct multiple traffic paces, with possible stoppages of up to 15 minutes until all lanes reopen to traffic at 5 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16.

While the last girder sections are being erected, the northbound right lane will be closed Monday night Sept. 20 with multiple State Police conducted traffic paces, with stoppages, between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, Sept. 21.

Pennsylvania State Police and Turnpike personnel will be positioned at the Lansdale, Mid-County and Norristown interchanges to assist motorists. Motorists can tune to radio 1640 AM for detour information and traffic conditions or call the Turnpike Roadway Information line at 866.976.8747. Changeable message signs will also provide updated information regarding closures and detours. Motorists are encouraged to plan their travel accordingly. For emergencies, dial *11 on your mobile phone.


  • Traveling southbound on I-476 - Exit at Lansdale Interchange (#31). Turn left onto Sumneytown Pike. At the second light, turn left onto Forty Foot Road (SR 63-east). Travel 1.5 miles and turn right onto Welsh Road (SR 63-east) to US Route 309-south to reenter the Turnpike at the Fort Washington Interchange. Travel east on the Pa. Turnpike (I-276) to get to Philadelphia and New Jersey. Travel west on the Pa. Turnpike (I-276) to get to Harrisburg and points west. Motorists bound for I-476 south (Blue Route) to I-76 and I-95 should also follow the Turnpike westbound from Fort Washington, exiting the Turnpike at the Mid-County (Exit #20) Interchange to continue southbound on I-476.

  • Traveling northbound on I-476 (Blue Route) - From I-76 and I-95. All traffic will enter the Turnpike at the Mid-County Toll Plaza and continue eastbound on I-276 to the Fort Washington Interchange (Exit #339). Exit the Turnpike and travel north on Route 309. Turn left on Welsh Road (Route 63-west) and follow the signs to re-enter I-476 at the Lansdale Interchange.

  • Traveling east or west on I-276 to travel north on the Northeastern Extension - All traffic will exit the Turnpike at the Fort Washington Interchange (Exit #339) and travel north on Route 309. Turn left on Welsh Road (Route 63-west) and follow the signs to re-enter I-476 at the Lansdale Interchange.

Traffic restrictions have been requested for over-height vehicles traveling north and south between Mid-County and Lansdale Interchanges until Sept. 24, 2010.

The Turnpike urges motorists to stay alert and travel at posted speed limits (55/40 mph) through work zones. Speed limits will be enforced by PA State Police and fines increased. For more information call the project hotline at 1-877-855-2545 or visit In case of inclement weather, the closure will be rescheduled for Sept. 25-26 with times and detour information still applicable.