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Work to begin on project to add auxiliary lanes to I-78 between U.S. 22 and Rt. 100

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - This week Governor Tom Wolf's administration announced that work is set to begin on June 11 to improve safety by adding an auxiliary lane on Interstate 78 east and west in Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County. 

According to a release from PennDOT, the project will add an auxiliary lane on I-78 east, and extend the auxiliary lane on I-78 west, between U.S. 22 and Route 100. 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.

Beginning on June 11, 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 the 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, According to PennDOT.



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