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Northeastern extension bridge closure rescheduled for Oct. 13-16

PA Turnpike warns of long detour at Lehigh Valley, Pocono exits.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission warns motorists to change travel plans or brace for a long detour from Oct. 13-16 during a planned weekend closure of the Northeastern Extension (Interstate 476) in Lehigh and Carbon counties as workers replace a 60-year-old bridge.

The detour will occur from 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, through 4 a.m. Monday, Oct. 16. The detour exits are the Lehigh Valley Interchange (#56) for northbound traffic and the Pocono Interchange (#95) for southbound traffic. The authorized detour route directs motorists to Route 22, Route 33 and Interstate 80.

 “Motorists will face a lengthy detour that will add more than an hour to their travel times,” said PA Turnpike CEO Mark Compton. “As a result, we strongly advise customers to avoid this area or plan for extra travel time during the detour weekend.”

Local travelers heading southbound on the PA Turnpike will be able to drive past Exit #95/Pocono and continue to exit at #87/Route 903 “E-ZPass Only” or #74/Mahoning Valley. The Turnpike will be closed southbound at Mahoning Valley.

During the closure, crews will demolish and replace a bridge at milepost 57.66 carrying the Northeastern Extension over Crackersport Road in South Whitehall Township, Lehigh County. The 131-foot-long bridge opened to traffic on Nov. 7, 1957 and today carries roughly 30,000 vehicles per day.

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