update March 25, 2015:
The Pennsylvania Turnpike reports that construction activities will begin this week at the Mahoning Valley Interchange (Exit #74) on the ramp from State Route 209 to northbound I-476 in Franklin Township, Carbon County.
Starting March 24, the contractor will be working during the day to prepare the area for the installation of light poles along the right hand shoulder on the entry ramp to the toll plaza. This work will require daytime single-lane traffic patterns in the right lane from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for approximately three weeks, weather permitting.
Pikes Creek Site Contractors of Sweet Valley, Pa., was awarded the $1.4 million contract to resurface the ramps from I-476 and State Route 209 to the toll plaza, as well as improvements to guiderail and highway lighting. The remaining work on the project is expected to be completed by the end of April.
If work on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) requires the contractor to reduce traffic to a single lane, the patterns will be set during off-peak (nighttime) hours with reduced speeds of 55 mph. Construction-zone speed limits are enforceable, and fines will be doubled.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike urges motorists entering and exiting the system at the Mahoning Valley interchange to be prepared for slow moving or stopped traffic and to obey posted speed limits. In the event of an emergency, the Turnpike will activate its Variable Message Signs and Highway Advisory Radio System (1640 AM) to inform motorists of conditions. Travel advisories will be posted at www.paturnpike.com.
Travelers can also get Turnpike traffic alerts by calling 866-976-TRIP (8747) or visiting the live Travel Conditions Map online at www.paturnpike.com/webmap. The Turnpike’s smartphone app, TRIP Talk, streams audio advisories to iPhone and Droid users so they can keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. To download the free app, visit www.paturnpike.com/triptalk.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) advises motorists using Interstate 476 between Lehigh Valley (Exit #56) and Mahoning Valley (Exit #74) to be prepared for nighttime lane closures and reduced speeds to go into effect the week of April 14, weather permitting.
A $7.9 million contract was recently awarded to Pikes Creek Site Contractors (a division of Reading Materials, Inc.), of Skippack, Pa., the low-bidder, for the resurfacing of a 4.5-mile section of the Northeastern Extension (I-476). The contractor will complete the project intermittently, establishing two separate construction zones with a completion date set for the summer of 2015. This project is 100% funded by toll dollars.
The project corridor extends north of the Lehigh Valley Interchange to the Mahoning Valley Interchange (milepost A69.0 – A73.6). The contract provides for the milling and paving of the existing northbound and southbound travel lanes, shoulder reconstruction, and the replacement of the concrete median barrier. Additional work includes milling and paving in the southbound Lehigh Tunnel.
The contractor is currently installing advance warning signs and traffic control devices (April 8 – 11) to establish the first work zone (milepost A69 – A70.7) located south of the Lehigh Tunnel and will start work on the shoulder the week of April 14. The contractor anticipates this section to be completed by June 27.
After the Fourth of July holiday restrictions are lifted on July 7, the contractor will proceed with the remaining roadwork and other construction-related activities for the duration of the project.
Construction-related activities on I-476 that require lane closures and reduced work-zone speeds will only occur Mondays through Saturdays during off-peak hours (8 p.m. – 5 a.m.). Motorists are reminded that construction-zone speed limits are enforceable, and fines are increased. The contactor’s schedule is weather dependent and subject to change.
Travel advisories will be posted at www.paturnpike.com and on Highway Advisory Radio (1640 AM). In case of an emergency, motorists can dial *11 on their mobile phone to receive aid. Motorists should be prepared to give their milepost location and direction of travel and move their vehicle out of travel lanes if possible.
Travelers can get Turnpike traffic alerts by calling 866-976-TRIP (8747) or visiting the live Travel Conditions Map online at www.paturnpike.com/webmap. The Turnpike’s smartphone app, TRIP Talk, streams audio advisories to iPhone and Droid users so they can keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. To download the free app, visit www.paturnpike.com/triptalk.