Section of Pa. Turnpike closing overnight this weekend for bridge work

Written by Staff Reports, Public Opinion Online | Jun 26, 2015 6:00 PM

Photo by AP Photo/Matt Slocum

(Harrisburg) -- A 19-mile section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be closed in both directions between the Harrisburg East Interchange (Exit 247) and the Lebanon/Lancaster Interchange (Exit 266) on Sunday June 28, starting just after midnight and continuing to 6:30 a.m.

The six-and-half-hour closure is needed to safely allow crews to install beams on the bridge that carries Nissley Road over the turnpike at milepost 248.2 in Lower Swatara Township, Dauphin County, according to a news release from turnpike authorities.

The recommended detour for eastbound motorists is: Exit at Harrisburg East Interchange; take I-283 north to U.S. Route 322 east to State Route 72 south; re-enter the turnpike at Lebanon-Lancaster Interchange.

The recommended detour for westbound motorists is: Exit at Lebanon-Lancaster Interchange; take State Route 72 north to U.S. Route 322 west to I-283 south; re-enter the turnpike at Harrisburg East Interchange.

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

This closure could be rescheduled due to weather conditions or other circumstances.

All work on the Nissley Road Bridge replacement project is expected to be completed by November, with an estimated construction cost of $3.1 million.

Turnpike motorists can get up-to-date travel conditions by calling 866-976-8747. 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 The smartphone app, TRIP Talk, streams audio advisories to iPhone and Android users so they can keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. To download the free app, visit

This article comes to us through a partnership between Public Opinion Online and WITF. 

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