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October 25, 2013
Pa. Turnpike Bridge Project to Impact Travel on Interstate 476 in Carbon County

Intermittent lane closures to be implemented in both directions next week.
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, will impact travel the week of Oct. 28.
Oct. 28 through Nov. 1, the contractor will begin nighttime construction-related activities requiring intermittent left lane closures in both directions from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. The work will be performed near the Turnpike bridge spanning State Route 209 and Pohopoco Creek at milepost A76.
The scheduled work will include a single-lane closure northbound and southbound Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 to remove the existing median barrier and then mill and pave in the median northbound Oct. 30 and Oct. 31.
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.
Motorists on the Turnpike should be prepared for daytime and overnight single-lane traffic patterns and reduced work-zone speed limits.
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