PA Turnpike announces travel restrictions at Allegheny Tunnel in Somerset County
Three days of travel restrictions needed for tunnel maintenance work starting tomorrow.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists to be prepared for possible delays beginning April 6 as single-lane patterns and two-way traffic go into effect at the Allegheny Tunnel located at milepost 122 in Somerset County.
The eastbound tunnel will close on April 6 beginning at 8 a.m. This means two-way traffic will be moving inside the westbound tunnel. This restriction will be lifted around 2 p.m.
On April 7 and 8, the westbound tunnel will close at 8 a.m. each day. This means two-way traffic will be moving inside the eastbound tunnel. The restriction will be lifted at approximately 2 p.m. each day.
The tunnels need to be closed so crews can safely perform maintenance work and tunnel washing.
Motorists should stay alert when approaching and entering the tunnel. Drivers are urged to turn on headlights, slow down and keep an adequate distance from the vehicle you are following; remain in your lane and do not pass in the tunnel.
If you experience car trouble and cannot safely exit the tunnel, stay in your car, put on your hazard lights and wait for assistance. Tunnel personnel will monitor closed-circuit cameras and send help for disabled vehicles.
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:
ON THE TURNPIKE
- 511PA Smartphone App: Real-time, hands-free PA traffic advisories.
- Waze Smartphone App: Real-time alerts from other drivers.
- Digital Message Signs: More than 100 boards along the Turnpike.
ON THE WEB
- Turnpike Travel Conditions Map: Live, interactive map.
- 511: Dial from any PA roadway for local travel information.
- 800-331-3414: PA Turnpike Customer Assistance (weekdays, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.).
Renee Vid Colborn