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May 15, 2013

Turnpike closing between Somerset and Bedford

The Pennsylvania Turnpike will close both eastbound and westbound starting at 11:59 p.m. Saturday through 4:30 a.m. Sunday between the Somerset (Exit 110) and the Bedford (Exit 146). This work will proceed as weather permits.

The closure is needed for the removal of an overhead bridge at milepost 130.86, which carries Cider Road over the Turnpike in Juniata Township, Bedford County.

The recommended detours for exiting motorists are as follows:

Exiting at Somerset:

Follow signs to State Route 281 north (2.5 miles)

U.S. Route 219 north (9 miles)

U.S. Route 30 east (31.8 miles)

U.S. Route 220 north (2.3 miles)

Re-enter the Turnpike eastbound at Bedford Interchange.

Exiting at Bedford:

Follow signs to U.S. Route 220 south (2.5 miles)

U.S. Route 30 west (31.8 miles)

U.S. Route 219 south (9 miles)

State Route 281 south (2.3 miles)

Re-enter the Turnpike westbound at Somerset Interchange.

Alternate-route cards will be available to exiting travelers at the Somerset and Bedford Interchanges during the closure. Expect higher traffic volumes on detour roads during the closure.

Message boards will be placed to inform customers of the closure, and Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) broadcasts at station 1640 AM also are being used to inform travelers.

The bridge replacement is needed to accommodate a future six-lane widening from milepost 129-133.5. This project is currently in the design phase. Roadway reconstruction work on the Turnpike mainline is expected to start in 2016.

Travelers can get Turnpike traffic alerts by calling 866-976-TRIP (8747) or visiting the live Travel Conditions Map. 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.

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