Northampton Press

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Turnpike bridge to be replaced; closure expected Oct. 13-16

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission warns motorists to change travel plans or brace for a long detour Oct. 13-16 during a planned weekend closure of the Northeastern Extension (Interstate 476) in Lehigh and Carbon counties as workers replace a 60-year-old bridge.

The detour will occur from 9 p.m. Oct. 13 to 4 a.m. Oct. 16. The detour exits are the Lehigh Valley Interchange (No. 56) for northbound traffic and the Pocono Interchange (No. 95) for southbound traffic. The authorized detour route directs motorists to Route 22, Route 33 and Interstate 80.

“Motorists will face a lengthy detour that will add more than an hour to their travel times,” Pennsylvania Turnpike CEO Mark Compton said. “As a result, we strongly advise customers to avoid this area.”

Local travelers heading southbound on the turnpike will be able to drive past Exit 95/Pocono and continue to exit at 87/Route 903 (E-ZPass only) or 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 in South Whitehall Township.

Details and detour maps are available at paturnpike.com/ABC.