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Pa. Turnpike detour planned in the midstate this weekend

Written by WITF Staff Reports | Aug 14, 2015 9:13 AM
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(Carlisle) -- The Pa. Turnpike Commission advises motorists that the toll road will be closed in both directions between the Breezewood Interchange (Exit #161) and the Carlisle Interchange (Exit #226) starting at 11 p.m. Aug. 15 until 5 a.m. on Aug. 16.

This 65-mile stretch will be closed for approximately six hours to place bridge beams at Meadowbrook Road Bridge at milepost 220 in Cumberland County. The closure is needed for the safety of the workers and motorists while the work is being performed. The work schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions and other circumstances.

The recommended detour for westbound motorists; exit at Carlisle (#266), take State Route 11 north to I-81 south (58 miles) to Maryland to I-70 west (I-81, Exit MD #4), (48 miles) to State Route 30 east and reenter at Breezewood Interchange (#161).

The recommended detour for eastbound motorists; exit at Breezewood (#161), take State Route 30 west (.3 miles) to I-70 east (I-70 exit MD #26), (48 miles) to I-81 north (58 miles) to State Route 11 south to reenter at Carlisle Interchange (#226).

It is estimated the detour will add about an hour of travel time and about 41 additional miles to the trip. Such an extensive detour is required because shorter alternate routes cannot safely accommodate the diverted traffic volumes.

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