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October 18, 2013
Pa. Turnpike Bridge Project to Impact Travel on Interstate 476 in Carbon County

Local traffic will be restricted in Franklin Twp. during bridge-replacement project.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists who travel the Northeastern Extension (I-476) between Mahoning Valley (Exit #74) and Pocono (Exit #95) that construction work associated with the replacement of two Turnpike bridges in Franklin Township, Carbon County, is scheduled to begin the week of Oct. 21.

A contract valued at $22.1 million was awarded to New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc. of New Enterprise, Pa., to replace two bridges: One carries the Turnpike over State Route 209 and the Pohopoco Creek, and the other carries the Turnpike over Pohopoco Drive. The bridges are located a quarter-mile north of the Mahoning Valley Interchange and will be replaced in stages to maintain Turnpike traffic.

This week, the contractor installed advance warning signs and traffic-control devices and set temporary concrete barrier to establish a work zone between milepost A74-A78. In the weeks ahead, crews will begin removing existing median barriers, milling and paving the shoulder and median, and installing pavement markings in preparation for the southbound/northbound traffic shift to the east of the bridges. Motorists on the Turnpike should be prepared for daytime and overnight single-lane traffic patterns and reduced work-zone speed limits.

In November, the contractor will install advance warning signs and traffic-control devices on State Route 209 and Pohopoco Drive in preparation for construction on the bridges. This work will involve flagger-controlled, single-lane traffic patterns.

The bridge over Pohopoco Drive will be replaced in stages and requires the contractor to close Pohopoco Drive and detour traffic. Advance warning signs will be activated to alert motorists to the closure and detour. The detour will follow Harrity Road to Fairyland Road to Grange Road back to Pohopoco Drive. Local access on Pohopoco Drive will be available in both directions to the bridge while the detour is in place.

Travel advisories will be posted at and on Highway Advisory Radio (1640 AM). In case of an emergency, motorists can utilize available yellow call boxes on the shoulder or dial *11 to receive aid. Motorists should be prepared to give their milepost location and direction of travel and move their vehicles out of travel lanes if possible.

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