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Update: Turnpike re-opened between Carlisle and Breezewood interchanges

Written by WITF Staff Reports | Mar 4, 2015 10:49 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A 65-mile section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike between the Breezewood (Exit #161) and Carlisle (Exit #266) interchanges that was closed eastbound due to a tractor trailer accident at milepost 200.4 is now open.

Crews removed the debris and the jackknifed tractor trailer which were blocking all lanes of travel eastbound. The roadway is now clear and eastbound traffic is once again moving.

Turnpike motorists can get up-to-date travel conditions by calling 866-976-TRIP (8747) or by visiting the Interactive Travel Map at www.paturnpike.com/webmap. The Pa. Turnpike's smartphone app, "TRIP Talk," streams audio advisories to iPhone and Droid users. To download the free app, visit www.paturnpike.com/triptalk.

The earlier story:

A 65-mile section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike is now closed eastbound between the Breezewood Interchange (Exit #161) and the Carlisle Interchange (Exit #226) due to a jackknifed tractor trailer at milepost 200.4.

There are no injuries, but the trailer is blocking all lanes of traffic eastbound.

Crews have opened the roadway enough to let the trapped backlog of traffic through, but do not have an estimated time as to when the wreckage will be cleared and the roadway reopened.

The recommended detour for eastbound motorists: Exit at Breezewood Interchange to Route 30 west (.3 miles) to Route 70 east (I-81 exit MD #26, 48 miles) to I-81 north (58 miles) to Exit #52B, Middlesex, Route 11 south to the Pa. Turnpike's Carlisle Interchange.

Alternate-route cards will be available to exiting travelers at Breezewood during the closure. Expect higher traffic volumes on detour roads during the closure. Message boards will be placed to inform customers of the closure, and Highway Advisory Radio broadcasts at station 1640 AM also are being used to inform travelers.

Turnpike motorists can get up-to-date travel conditions by calling 866-976-TRIP (8747). This toll-free number gives audio advisories for the region in which you are traveling, including delays and closures. For a snapshot of conditions across the Turnpike, visit the Interactive Travel Map at www.paturnpike.com/webmap. An innovative smartphone app, "TRIP Talk," streams audio advisories to iPhone and Droid users on America's First Superhighway. To download the free app, visit www.paturnpike.com/triptalk

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