Media & Public Relations

Contact: Renee Vid Colborn
Phone: 717.939.9551
January 31, 2013
Bridge Beam Removal to Close Northeastern Extension this Weekend

I-476 will be shut down for six hours Sunday 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 Sunday, Feb. 3, between Mid-County (Exit #20) and Lansdale (Exit #31). The closure is necessary for the protection of motorists and construction workers during removal of steel girders from 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. Sunday morning, Feb. 3, 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 re-open one lane in each direction to traffic by 6 a.m. Sunday morning.
Prior to the shut-down on Saturday night (Feb. 2), motorists should be prepared for the left lane to be closed 8 p.m. southbound and 9 p.m. northbound when traveling within the established work zone located between milepost A28-A32. The speed limit will be posted at 40 mph until the patterns are lifted by 9 a.m. Sunday morning.  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 (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, 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 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.
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 Feb. 9-10 with times and detour information still applicable.