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COMMISSION NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Renee Vid Colborn
Phone: 717-920-7507


April 4, 2013
Old York Road Bridge in Fairview Township to Close for Six Months on April 8

Closure is necessary for future widening of the turnpike to six lanes in commuter corridor.
On April 8, the Pennsylvania Turnpike will close a half-mile section of Old York Road in Fairview Township, York County while it replaces the overhead bridge that carries Old York Road over the Turnpike (Interstate 76) at milepost 243.2.

The section of Old York Road that is affected is between Normandy Memorial Drive and Marsh Run Road. Motorists who normally travel this section are to use Interstate 83 as an alternate route. Approximately 8,000 vehicles a day travel on this section of Old York Road.

The Turnpike has compressed the construction completion timeline as much as feasible to minimize disruption to those who rely on Old York Road; the new bridge is scheduled to reopen in late October.

The Old York Road Bridge, which came into service in 1950, must be replaced with a bridge that will accommodate a wider highway beneath because the Turnpike is to be widened from four to six lanes. The Old York Road Bridge replacement is one of two “early action” projects needed to accommodate the total reconstruction and widening of the Turnpike from milepost 242 to 245. The Marsh Run Road bridge replacement now under way does not necessitate a closure.

The milepost 242-245 project will result in an all-new highway facility built to modern design and construction standards. The section, located between Harrisburg East and Harrisburg West exits, originally opened Nov. 20, 1950 and has become a busy commuter corridor. Each day, more than 33,000 vehicles (cars and trucks combined) travel this section of the Turnpike, which also serves as an alternate route for some who wish to avoid peak-period delays on Interstate 83.

Turnpike mainline traffic will be affected periodically throughout construction of the new bridge with possible off-peak, single-lane closures. Travel advisories will be issued during those times, so motorists will be aware. For more information on this project, visit: http://www.paturnpike.com/ConstructionProjects/mp242to245/

The actual reconstruction and widening of the mainline between milepost 242 and 245 is expected to commence in the spring of 2014, with completion anticipated in the fall of 2016. The overall project cost is estimated at around $75 million.

Travelers can get Turnpike traffic alerts by calling 866-976-TRIP (8747) or visiting the live Travel Conditions Map online at www.paturnpike.com/webmap. The Turnpike’s smartphone app, TRIP Talk, streams audio advisories to iPhone and Droid users so they can keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. To download the free app, visit www.paturnpike.com/triptalk.
 

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