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PennDOT to Install Cable Median Barrier along I-81 in Lebanon County


Expect left shoulder closures for daytime operations

Harrisburg, PA – A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) contractor is scheduled to install high-tension cable median barrier beginning next week along a section of Interstate 81 in Lebanon County. The purpose of the cable barrier is to help prevent errant vehicles from completely crossing the median area and colliding with vehicles travelling in the opposite direction.

Median cable barrier will be installed on I-81 in Lebanon County from the Dauphin County line to the Interstate 78 split.

Work is expected to begin Monday, May 18. Motorists are advised that they may encounter left shoulder restrictions during daylight hours Monday through Friday during this project. Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the work zone.

This work is part of a $3,235,132.50 contract to install more than 181,000 linear feet of high-tension cable median barrier along multiple routes in south central Pennsylvania. Penn Line Service, Inc., of Scottsdale PA, is the prime contractor.

Work on this project will be in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job-site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the jobsite, and relevant training.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Dave Thompson, 717-418-5018