October 28, 2020 Travel Advisory

Weekend Travel Restrictions on PA Turnpike Between Cranberry and New Castle Exits

Traffic paces and overnight closure needed for Freedom Road Bridge Replacement Project.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is alerting motorists that two nights of traffic restrictions are needed this weekend between the Cranberry, Exit 28, and New Castle, Exit 10, interchanges for bridge work at Freedom Road which carries traffic over the PA Turnpike at milepost 28 in Cranberry Township, Butler County.

Starting at 11:55 p.m. on Oct. 30, traffic paces will occur eastbound between the Beaver Valley Interchange, Exit 13, and Cranberry Interchange lasting until 5 a.m. on Oct 31. During this time, a series of paces, no longer than 20-minutes each, will occur while crews erect bridge beams.

During the paces, PA State Police and Turnpike maintenance crews will restrict eastbound Turnpike traffic to a speed of 20-25 miles an hour. Motorists in the area should be prepared for slow-moving traffic and possible intermittent stoppages.

Then, on Oct. 31 starting at 11:55 p.m., the PA Turnpike will be closed westbound between the Cranberry Interchange and the New Castle Interchange until 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 1.  This overnight closure is needed to allow crews to safely erect bridge beams over the westbound lanes.

Exiting westbound traffic should follow this suggested, PennDOT-approved detour:

Exit Cranberry Interchange (Exit 28)

Take I-79 north to
State Route 422 west to
I-376 (toll road) east
To reenter the Turnpike at the New Castle Interchange (Exit 10)

During the closure, motorists can enter the Turnpike going westbound at the Beaver Valley Interchange, but drivers are asked to use the suggested detour to limit heavy congestion on local roads. Eastbound traffic will not be affected during this closure. 

This work is part of the replacement of the overhead bridge which carries Freedom Road (State Route 3020) over the PA Turnpike. This is a PennDOT District 10 project but is funded by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission using toll dollars. For more information on this project visit: Freedom Road Bridge Replacement Project .

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




Renee Vid Colborn
Phone: 724-755-5260