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April 9, 2015
Pa. Turnpike Closing Overnight Between Breezewood and Carlisle Interchanges

Six-hour closure needed for bridge demolition work on April 11.
The Pa. Turnpike Commission (PTC) advises motorists that the toll road will be closed between Breezewood (Exit #161) and Carlisle (Exit #226) interchanges from 11 p.m. on April 11 until 5 a.m. on April 12.

This 65-mile stretch of toll road will be closed in both directions for six hours to allow the contractor to demolish the Meadowbrook Road Bridge at milepost 220 in Cumberland County, which will be replaced. Work schedules are subject to change based on weather conditions and other circumstances.

The recommended detour for westbound motorists: exit at Carlisle (#226), take State Route 11 north to I-81 south (58 miles) to Maryland to I-70 west (I-81, Exit MD #4), (48 miles) to State Route 30 east and reenter at Breezewood Interchange (#161).

The recommended detour for eastbound motorists: exit at Breezewood (#161), take State Route 30 west (.3 miles) to I-70 east (I-70 exit MD #26), (48 miles) to I-81 north (58 miles) to State Route 11 south to reenter at Carlisle Interchange (#226).

Alternate route cards will be available to exiting travelers at both Carlisle and Breezewood interchanges during the closure. Expect higher traffic volumes on the detour roads during this time. Message boards will be in place to inform customers of the closure.

It is estimated the detour will add about an hour of travel time and about 41 additional miles to the trip.  Such an extensive detour is required because shorter alternate routes cannot safely accommodate the diverted traffic volumes.

Turnpike motorists can get up-to-date travel conditions by calling 866-976-TRIP (8747) or by visiting the Interactive Travel Map at The Pa. Turnpike's smartphone app, "TRIP Talk," streams audio advisories to iPhone and Droid users. To download the free app, visit