Travel Advisory


Mimi Doyle
Phone: 610.313.6383

September 15, 2015

Southbound Lehigh Tunnel Closures Scheduled on Sept. 16 and 17
Daytime tunnel maintenance to impact traffic on I-476 in Carbon County.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) to be prepared for a daytime single-lane pattern and two-way traffic in the northbound Lehigh Tunnel on Sept. 16 and 17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for routine tunnel maintenance.

Each day between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m., Turnpike maintenance crews will implement a traffic stoppage of no more than 15 minutes in both directions to set-up a crossover pattern directing all traffic into the northbound tunnel.

By 8 a.m. the southbound tunnel will be closed and traffic diverted into the northbound tunnel until 2 p.m. when the patterns are lifted. The Lehigh Tunnel is located at milepost A70-A71 between the Lehigh Valley (Exit #56) and Mahoning Valley (Exit #74) interchanges.

Message boards will be activated to update motorists of any changes to the schedule caused by inclement weather or unforeseen traffic conditions. If the work is delayed, it will take place on the next available day. Tunnel maintenance may also be scheduled for the following week if needed.

Motorists traveling on I-476 should stay alert when entering the tunnel and turn on their headlights. Drivers are also advised to slow down, keep an adequate distance from the vehicle ahead and never pass inside the tunnel. Customers who experience car trouble and cannot safely exit the tunnel should stay in the car, put on the hazard lights and wait for assistance. Tunnel personnel will monitor closed-circuit cameras and send help for disabled vehicles.

Travel advisories will be posted at and Highway Advisory Radio (1640 AM) will be activated to provide travel updates.

Travelers can get Turnpike traffic alerts by calling 866-976-TRIP (8747) or visiting the live Travel Conditions Map online at 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