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Contact: Mimi Doyle
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July 23, 2012
Placement of Bridge Beams to Close Northeastern Extension Sunday Morning

I-476 will be shut down from midnight until 6 a.m. between Mid-County and Lansdale.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission cautions motorists that an 11-mile stretch of the Pa. Northeastern Extension (I-476) will be closed in both directions for six hours this weekend between Mid-County (Exit #20) and Lansdale (Exit #31) during the placement of bridge beams on the bridge that carries Sumneytown Pike (State Route 63) over the Turnpike at milepost A30.6 in Towamencin Township, Montgomery County.
At 12:01 a.m., July 29, all southbound traffic will be diverted off at the Lansdale Interchange. Motorists wishing to travel north from the Mid-County Interchange, or the east/west Turnpike mainline, 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 to traffic by 6 a.m.  July 29.
On July 28, prior to the shut-down, motorists on I-476 should be prepared for the left lane to be at closed 10 p.m. southbound and 11 p.m. northbound when traveling within the work zone between milepost A28-A32. The speed limit will be posted at 40 mph until the patterns are lifted by 7 a.m. Motorists traveling on Sumneytown Pike should be prepared for a flagger controlled single-lane pattern between 11:45 p.m. and 5 a.m.  July 29. Construction-zone speed limits are enforceable and fines will be doubled.  
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 (State Route 63-east). Travel 1.5 miles and turn right onto Welsh Road (State Route 63-east) to State 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, continue northbound on the Northeastern Extension. 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 State Route 309. Turn left on Welsh Road (State Route 63-west) and follow the signs to reenter 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 State Route 309. Turn left on Welsh Road (State Route 63-west) and follow the signs to reenter I-476 at the Lansdale Interchange.
For more information visit or call the project hotline at 1-877-855-2545. In case of inclement weather, the closure will be rescheduled for Aug. 12 with times and detour information still applicable.
Turnpike motorists can get up-to-date travel conditions by calling 866-976-TRIP (8747). This toll-free number gives audio advisories for the region in which you are traveling, including delays and closures. For a snapshot of conditions across the Turnpike, including access to traffic cams, traffic-flow monitors, audio advisories and more, visit the Interactive Travel Map at TRIP Talk streams audio advisories to iPhone and Droid users on America's First Superhighway. To download the free app, visit Users do not have to create an account, register or sign up with the Turnpike to use TRIP Talk. The app uses your phone's built-in GPS to stream nearby advisories.