PA Turnpike warns motorists of lengthy detour in Lehigh and Carbon counties

(WBRE/WYOU-TV) From the PA Turnpike Commission:

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is reminding motorists to change travel plans or prepare for a lengthy detour from Oct. 13 through 16 during a planned weekend closure of the Northeastern Extension (I-476) in Lehigh and Carbon counties as workers replace a bridge.

“Motorists will face a lengthy detour that will add more than an hour to their travel time,” PA Turnpike CEO Mark Compton said. “As a result, we strongly advise customers to avoid this area or plan for extra travel time during the detour weekend.”

The closure will take place from 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 through 4 a.m. Monday, Oct. 16. The detour exits are the Lehigh Valley Interchange (#56) for northbound traffic and the Pocono Interchange (#95) for southbound traffic. The authorized detour route directs motorists to Route 22, Route 33 and Interstate 80.

Local travelers heading southbound on the PA Turnpike will be able to drive past #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 55-hour closure, crews will demolish and replace a bridge at milepost 57.66 carrying the Northeastern Extension over Crackersport Road in South Whitehall Township, Lehigh County. The 131-foot-long bridge opened to traffic on Nov. 7, 1957, and today carries roughly 30,000 vehicles per day. For the last several months, crews have been constructing the new spans next to the existing bridge. The spans will be slid into position during this weekend.


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