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Feds OK $9.7M for I-81 fire repair near Harrisburg

Written by Associated Press | Aug 7, 2013 2:31 PM

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he federal government is contributing $9.7 million toward repairs to a heavily traveled interstate interchange in Harrisburg that was badly damaged by a fire in May.

The money announced Wednesday is in addition to about $2 million in emergency funds the U.S. Department of Transportation had previously approved.

A tanker truck hauling diesel fuel flipped over on a ramp from Interstate 81 northbound to Routes 22/322, just north of the Susquehanna River. The resulting fire did extensive damage that closed I-81 for several days.

A state Department of Transportation spokesman says the total cost of the repairs is expected to approach $13 million. The work is currently scheduled for completion by late November.

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