CONTACT: Renee Vid Colborn
Phone: 717-831-7507

March 26, 2015

Pa. Turnpike to Close Between Harrisburg East and Lebanon-Lancaster Interchanges

Overnight closure on March 29 needed to accommodate bridge removal in Dauphin County.
A 19-mile section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be closed in both directions between the Harrisburg East Interchange (Exit #247) and the Lebanon-Lancaster Interchange (Exit #266) starting just after midnight until 6 a.m. on March 29. The closure is needed to safely allow crews to remove the Nissley Road Bridge that crosses over the turnpike at milepost 248.2 in Lower Swatara Township, Dauphin County.

The recommended detour for westbound motorists is: exit at Lebanon-Lancaster Interchange; take State Route 72 north to U.S. Route 322 west to I-283 south and reenter at Harrisburg East Interchange.

The recommended detour for eastbound motorists is: exit at Harrisburg East Interchange; take I-283 north to U.S. Route 322 east to State Route 72 south and reenter at Lebanon-Lancaster Interchange.

Alternate-route cards will be available to exiting travelers, who should expect higher traffic volumes on the detour roads during the closure. Message boards will be placed to inform customers of the closure, and Highway Advisory Radio broadcasts at station 1640 AM also are being used to inform travelers.
A reminder to motorists that while Lawn and Highspire service plazas will stay open during the bridge removal, travelers remaining inside the plazas after midnight will not be able to leave until demolition is complete.

All work on the Nissley Road Bridge replacement project is expected to be completed by November of 2015 with an estimated construction cost of $3.1 million. Work schedules are subject to change based on weather conditions and other circumstances.

Turnpike motorists can get up-to-date travel conditions by calling 866-976-TRIP (8747). For a snapshot of conditions across the Turnpike, visit the Interactive Travel Map 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