Traffic Advisory

CONTACT: Mimi Doyle
Phone: 610.313.6383
June 9, 2015

Emergency Southbound Road Closure Remains in Place on Northeastern Extension (I-476)

Motorists should expect heavy delays between the Turnpike’s Lehigh Valley and Quakertown exits.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission reports that southbound motorists on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) between Lehigh Valley (Exit #56) and Mid-County (Exit #44) should be prepared for an emergency road closure to remain in place through the evening rush hour today. Motorists should plan for heavy traffic and likely delays in the area. Turnpike officials expect that the emergency repairs will be completed and the roadway reopened late this evening.

Crews continue to make emergency repairs adjacent to the southbound roadway between milepost 29.5 and 29.1, where yesterday’s heavy rains washed out earthen fill behind a temporary retaining wall. The washout resulted in a hole forming in the southbound right lane. The repairs — at the bridge at milepost 29.2 carrying I-476 over Green Lane — are within the six-lane widening work zone between Mid-County and Lansdale. The time-consuming repairs require the contractor to restore the temporary retaining wall and to patch the section of the roadway where the hole had formed.

Construction crews closed the southbound right lane at 6:15 a.m. to begin the repairs. Due to the backlog that developed during, the southbound Northeastern Extension was closed between Quakertown and Lansdale around 11 a.m.

To better manage the traffic in the corridor, the Turnpike will use intermittent closures southbound, alternating detours between the Quakertown and Lansdale exits for the duration of the work.

The Turnpike’s Highway Advisory Radio is activated and travelers can tune to radio 1640 AM for updates or by calling 866-976-TRIP (8747). Changeable message signs will also be updated with information regarding closures and detours. Further updates will be provided as conditions change. Motorists are encouraged to plan travel accordingly. For emergencies, dial *11 on your mobile phone.