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Midnight traffic pattern changes won’t cause major delays on Turnpike, spokesman says

April 20, 2017 News Extra

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No major delays are expected on the Pennsylvania Turnpike during two overnight 15-minute pacing changes on Friday and Saturday between the westbound Allegheny Valley and Butler Valley interchanges.

Renee Vid Colborn, manager of media and public relations for the Turnpike, said the pacing changes will begin at midnight both days, between exits 48 and 39, and last until 12:15 a.m. Friday and Saturday to allow crews to switch to a new traffic pattern. She said the changes are being made to allow the safe completion of the traffic switch between mileposts 40 and 44, and motorists should expect “no significant delays.”

“We do it at midnight because that’s when there is the least amount of traffic,” she said.

During the paces, turnpike maintenance and state police vehicles will restrict traffic to 20 to 25 mph, according to a news release. The new traffic patterns will allow work to begin on the second phase of the milepost 40 to 48 total reconstruction project. The newly reconstructed three-lane road that included the replacement of six overhead bridges between mileposts 44 and 48 opened to traffic in the fall of 2016. This second phase between mileposts 40 and 44 is scheduled for completion in fall of 2019.

For more information on this project please visit http://www.mp40-48construction.com.

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