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Start of I-78 auxiliary lanes project between U.S. 22 and Rt. 100 delayed

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The start of a nearly one-year project to add auxiliary lanes on Interstate 78 in Lehigh County has been delayed until June 19.

The project, originally slated to start June 11, will add an auxiliary lane on I-78 east, and extend the auxiliary lane on I-78 west, between U.S. 22 and Route 11 in Upper Macungie Township.

PennDot says this section is a heavy merge area, and the auxiliary lanes will provide an extra lane between the exits for traffic to more safely merge while exiting and entering the highway.

Starting June 19, PennDOT says drivers should anticipate nighttime lane restrictions (8 p.m. to 5 a.m.) on I-78 east or west between exits 49 (Route 100) and 54 (U.S. 222).

According to PennDOT, crews will widen the road, construct new auxiliary lanes and new shoulders, upgrade median barrier, and upgrade drainage facilities. This section of I-78 has an average daily traffic volume of 42,206 vehicles eastbound and 41,550 vehicles westbound, PennDOT stated in a release.

Road-Con, Inc. of West Chester, Pa., is the general contractor on the $5,114,484 project that is expected to be complete in May 2018.

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