Renee Vid Colborn
June 10, 2016

Eastbound Pennsylvania Turnpike to Close Between Harrisburg, Lebanon-Lancaster

Six-hour weekend closure needed June 12 for bridge beam installation.


The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling eastbound that the Turnpike (Interstate 76) will be closed June 12 between the Harrisburg East Interchange, Exit #247, and Lebanon-Lancaster Interchange, Exit #266, from midnight until 6 a.m.

The eastbound closure is needed for crews to safely install steel girders for the new structure that will replace the bridge over Swatara Creek at milepost 251 in Dauphin County.

Overnight closures will take place over the next three weekends, weather permitting, as beam installation continues.

The recommended eastbound detour is:

  • Exit at Harrisburg East Interchange

  • Take I-283 north to U.S. Route 322 east to State Route 72 south

  • Reenter the Turnpike at the Lebanon-Lancaster Interchange.

Alternate-route cards will be available to exiting motorists at the Harrisburg East Interchange during the closure. Motorists should expect higher traffic on detour roads during this time.

The Highspire Service Plaza at milepost 250, which serves eastbound travelers, will remain open during the closure; however, travelers remaining in the plaza after 11:30 p.m. on June 11 will not be able to leave until work is completed around 6 a.m. the next morning.

For more information on the Swatara Creek project follow this link:

To report an accident or other emergency on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 via mobile phone. To learn more about PA Turnpike conditions or to contact us, use one of these resources:


  • Variable & Digital Message Signs — nearly 100 signs along the Turnpike

  • Highway Advisory Radio — 1640 AM (tune-in near interchanges)