|Pa. Turnpike to Close Overnight Between Bensalem and Delaware Valley on March 29
Six-hour closure needed for bridge beam removal.
| The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists that a seven-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276) will be closed in both directions for six hours this weekend between the Bensalem (Exit #351) and Delaware Valley (Exit #358) interchanges. The closure is needed for the protection of motorists and workers during the removal of steel girders from the overhead bridge that carries Bensalem Boulevard (State Route 2015) over the Turnpike in Bensalem Township, Bucks County.
At 12:01 a.m. on March 29 all eastbound traffic must exit at the Bensalem Interchange and westbound traffic will be diverted off at the Delaware Valley Interchange. Additionally, the Street Road E-ZPass-Only Interchange (Exit #352) will be closed to eastbound traffic on I-276 and Street Road (State Route 132). The Pennsylvania Turnpike mainline will reopen to traffic by 6 a.m.
The bridge is located on the Turnpike mainline at milepost 355, approximately four miles east of the Bensalem Interchange. The bridge is being replaced with a longer structure to accommodate a new, highway-speed link to I-95 that is being built in stages.
Pennsylvania State Police and Turnpike personnel will be positioned at the Bensalem and Delaware Valley interchanges to assist drivers. 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 and all turnpike travelers are encouraged to plan their travel accordingly. For emergencies, dial *11 on your mobile phone.
- Traveling eastbound on I-276 – All traffic must exit at Bensalem Interchange. Take U.S. Route 1 south to State Route 132 east to U.S. Route 13 north and reenter the Turnpike at the Delaware Valley Interchange to continue eastbound on I-276.
- Traveling westbound on I-276 – All traffic must exit at Delaware Valley Interchange. Take U.S. Route 13 south to State Route 132 west to U.S. Route 1 north and reenter the Turnpike at the Bensalem Interchange to continue westbound on I-276.
The Turnpike urges motorists to stay alert and travel at posted speed limits through work zones. Speed limits will be enforced and fines increased. In case of inclement weather, the closure will be rescheduled for April 12 with times and detour information still applicable.
Information on all construction activities, travel alerts, local road closures and detours associated with the I-276/I-95 Connector Project can be viewed at www.paturnpikei95.com.
Motorists can get Turnpike traffic alerts and detour information by calling 866-976-TRIP (8747) or visiting the live Travel Conditions Map online at www.paturnpike.com/webmap. The Pa. 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. For emergencies, dial *11 on your mobile phone