Harrisburg, PA – There is a traffic shift scheduled for Monday night, August 14, for motorists who drive onto southbound Interstate 81 from southbound Mountain Road at I-81 Exit 72 in Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County. Currently, motorist on the ramp are shifted toward the right outside shoulder, and a concrete barrier on their left separates traffic from the on-going construction work on this portion of I-81. The traffic shift will move motorists to the left inside shoulder of the ramp. The concrete barrier will remain in place to continue separating traffic from the construction activity, which this time will be on the right side of the barrier on the ramp. Motorists are asked to be alert to this traffic shift, to obey work zone signing, and to slow down when approaching and driving through the work zone – for their safety as well as for the safety of the work crews.
This work on the ramp is part of a much larger project to improve I-81 between Exit 72 (Mountain Road) and Exit 70 (Interstate 83). PennDOT has contracted with Hempt Bros., Inc. of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, for $13.6 million to widen this section of I-81 to provide an auxiliary lane in each direction to reduce traffic congestion, improve traffic flow, and also improve safety. Prep work for the project began last fall. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by the end of June 2018.
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