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Section of Turnpike to close tomorrow to remove tractor-trailer

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 26, 2016 1:01 PM
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In this photo provided by Dave Saba, traffic is at a standstill on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Somerset, Pa., Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. The Duquesne men's basketball team and Temple University's women's gymnastics team are stuck on the Turnpike due to treacherous weather conditions. A mammoth winter storm crawled up the U.S. East Coast on Saturday, making roads impassable, shutting down mass transit, and bringing Washington and New York City to a standstill. (Dave Saba via AP)

(Breezewood) -- An 86-mile portion of the westbound Pennsylvania Turnpike will close for about three hours tomorrow so crews can retrieve a tractor-trailer over an embankment.  

The truck went off the road during the weekend's snow storm. 

The westbound lanes will close about 9:00 a.m. from Breezewood to New Stanton.

Traffic will be detoured onto Interstates 70 and 68 to U.S. Route 119, where vehicles can re-enter the toll road at New Stanton. 

Turnpike officials say the more than 100-mile detour is necessary because of the volume of traffic being re-routed.

It's expected the westbound lanes will reopen within three hours, but will remain closed as long as needed to recover the truck. 

The same eastbound stretch of turnpike had to be closed Sunday so crews could remove more than 500 snowbound vehicles from the westbound lanes.




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