Bethlehem Press

Monday, December 11, 2017

Partial Turnpike closure, Oct. 13-16

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Pennsylvania’s Turnpike Commission is warning motorists to change travel plans or brace for a long detour during a planned closure, 9 p.m. Oct. 13, through 4 a.m. Oct. 16. of the Northeastern Extension (I-476) in Lehigh and Carbon counties as workers replace a 60-year-old bridge.

Detour exits are Lehigh Valley Interchange No. 56 for northbound traffic and the Pocono Interchange No. 95 for southbound traffic.

The authorized detour route directs motorists to Routes 22 and 33 and I-80.

Local travelers heading south on the Pa. Turnpike will be able to drive past Exit No. 95/Pocono and continue to exit at No. 87/Route 903 “E-ZPass Only” or No. 74/Mahoning Valley.

The Turnpike will be closed southbound at Mahoning Valley.

During the closure, crews will demolish and replace a bridge at milepost 57.66 carrying the Northeastern Extension over Crackersport Road, South Whitehall Township.

The 131-foot-long bridge opened to traffic on Nov. 7, 1957 and today carries roughly 30,000 vehicles per day.

The Turnpike is using a proven engineering technique called Accelerated Bridge Construction that allows workers to replace a bridge in one weekend rather than a year or more of construction.

During the 55-hour construction, workers will demolish the old bridge and slide the new spans into position.

For the last several months, crews have been constructing the new spans next to the existing bridge.

Details and detour maps are available atpaturnpike.com/ABC.