Turnpike closure pushed back a day

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 27, 2016 4:48 AM

In this photo provided by Michael Watkins, traffic is at a standstill on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Bedford, 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. (AP Photo/Michael Watkins via AP)

(Harrisburg) -- The planned closure of an 86-mile portion of the westbound Pennsylvania Turnpike will wait another day.

The Turnpike commission has pushed a plan back until tomorrow to retrieve a tractor-trailer over an embankment. 

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

The delay is needed to allow workers more time to prepare for the workm so the roadway can be reopened as quickly as possible. 

The westbound lanes will close about 9:00 a.m. tomorror for at least three hours -- from Breezewood, Exit 161, to New Stanton, Exit 75.

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

The Turnpike Commission says the more than 100-mile detour is necessary because of the volume of traffic being re-routed.  

The westbound lanes 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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