Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that from 8:00 PM Friday, October 11, through 6:00 AM Monday, October 14, its contractor will restrict northbound Interstate 81 traffic to a single lane to conduct a weekend concrete patching operation just north of Carlisle Borough between mile marker 50 and exits 52A-B for U.S. 11 (Middlesex/New Kingstown) in Middlesex Township, Cumberland County.
This section of I-81 averages more than 32,300 vehicles traveled daily. To avoid delays, travelers should allow for additional time in their plans or seek an alternate route.
This work is part of a $14,770,419 contract that was awarded on June 17, 2019, to New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc., of the Village of New Enterprise, Bedford County, that includes roadway base replacement, full-width milling of the top layer of asphalt, and resurfacing the interstate with a 2.5-inch Superpave warm mix asphalt overlay on a 10.5-mile section of I-81 in Cumberland County from the bridge over Kutz Road in Penn Township through Dickinson and South Middleton townships to the bridge over Route 641, West Trindle Road, at Exit 49 for High Street in Carlisle Borough.
PennDOT advises motorists that they may encounter single-lane restrictions between 6:00 PM and 6:00 AM in the northbound lanes and between 8:00 PM and 8:00 AM in the southbound lanes as crews conduct bituminous base course replacement through November.
Work also includes on and off ramp resurfacing, installation of high-tension cable median barrier, and installation of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) equipment such as a Dynamic Message Sign (DMS) along the northbound lanes at mile marker 26 and six closed-circuit television video cameras. Work under this construction contract is scheduled to be completed by February of 2021.
At times it will be necessary to temporarily detour on and off ramp traffic when overnight work is scheduled to repair and resurface the ramps within the interchanges. These restrictions will not be scheduled during the busy Fall Carlisle, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, Spring Carlisle, Memorial Day, Carlisle Nationals, Independence Day, Corvettes at Carlisle, or Labor Day holiday and event weekends.
Motorists are reminded to be alert for these operations, to obey work zone signs, and to slow down when approaching and traveling through work zones for their safety as well as for the safety of the road crews.
For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.
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Source: PennDOT Engineering District 8