PennDOT District 5 announced much needed improvements on Interstate 176 between US 422 and PA 724 in Cumru Township, Berks County will begin Monday (August 20).

The improvements on I-176 between US 422 and PA 724 include: full depth reconstruction of the existing travel lanes; constructing an additional collector/distributor lane in each direction for ramp traffic between the US 422 and PA 724 interchanges; partial reconstruction of the interchange ramps at US 422; and construction of three new bridges (over US 422, Norfolk Southern Rail Road and the Thun Trail); drainage improvements; new signs; and new pavement markings.

On Monday crews will begin setting up signs, staging equipment, and installing erosion and sedimentation controls.

Starting August 28 motorists will experience a narrowed travel lane on the ramp from US 422 west to I-176 south, and sporadic short-term lane restrictions on I-176 north and south as crews begin work on the roadway. In the future there will be long term (24-hour) lane restrictions implemented on I-176 north and south that once implemented will remain in place for the duration of the project.

Delays are expected and motorists are encouraged to use caution and allow for extra time traveling through the work zone. Updates will be provided whenever traffic patterns change.

The project is expected to be completed in December 2014. All schedules are weather dependent and subject to change.