CONTACT: Mimi Doyle
Phone: 610.313.6383
September 30, 2013
Heavy Traffic Expected on Interstate 476 at Mid-County Oct. 3-7

Northbound Express E-ZPass lanes to close for toll-equipment upgrades.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises northbound motorists on the Blue Route (Interstate 476) to be prepared for slow-moving or stopped traffic approaching the Mid-County Interchange (Exit #20) Oct. 3 through Oct. 7.
At 10 a.m. on Oct. 3, the Turnpike will set a traffic pattern north of Exit 19 on the Blue Route, closing the northbound Express E-ZPass lanes and diverting traffic through conventional (5 mph) E-ZPass lanes and mixed-mode lanes (E-ZPass & cash) to the right. This work is in preparation for the weekend-long closure. The northbound Express E-ZPass lanes will be reopened to traffic by 1 p.m.
On Oct. 4 at 10 p.m., a pattern will again be set on the Blue Route, north of Exit 19 diverting northbound Express E-ZPass traffic through conventional lanes until the Express E-ZPass lanes are reopened 5 a.m. on Oct. 7.
The closure will allow the Turnpike to replace the Vehicle Smart Loop equipment located underneath the pavement in the Express E-ZPass lanes.
Motorists traveling south on the Northeastern Extension and those heading west on the Turnpike and exiting at Mid-County to go south on the Blue Route, will still have access to the Express E-ZPass lanes.
Motorists can expect a similar operation in the southbound Express E-ZPass lanes at Mid-County Oct. 10 -14.
If the Turnpike's Highway Advisory Radio is activated, as indicated by yellow flashing lights, please tune to Radio 1640 AM for updates. For emergencies, please dial *11.
Travelers can get Turnpike traffic alerts by calling 866-976-TRIP (8747) or visiting the live Travel Conditions Map online at 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