The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) plans to reconstruct and widen the Northeastern Extension (I-476) from milepost A48 – MP A53. The project corridor traverses Lower and Upper Milford Townships, Borough of Emmaus, and Lower Macungie Township in Lehigh County.
The existing four-lane highway (72' wide) will be reconstructed to accommodate six 12-foot travel lanes with 12-foot left and right shoulders and a 2' median barrier (122' wide) on the Mainline Turnpike (I-476). The Project's Design Team continues to develop design plans in support of the environmental permitting process.
As part of this multi-phase project, the PTC advanced two early action bridges at Vera Cruz and Indian Creek. The Indian Creek Bridge is currently under construction. See below for more details.
The project includes removing and replacing two overhead bridges, including the Vera Cruz Road Bridge (State Route 2027) and Indian Creek Road Bridge (State Route 2018). The bridges must be lengthened to accommodate the wider turnpike roadway before roadway reconstruction and widening can begin. The Vera Cruz Bridge was completed in 2023, and the Indian Creek Road Bridge is expected to be complete by the end of 2024.
The PTC will coordinate closely with PennDOT and local municipalities as final design progresses. PTC's goal is to minimize disruption to local traffic.
Frequently visit this website to stay current on the progress made and the impacts this work may have on your travel on the Turnpike.
Please contact us if you have questions or concerns. Drive safely.
The following display includes the existing facility as it looks today and the proposed roadway upon completion.