The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission reports that motorists traveling on the PA Turnpike’s Northeastern Extension (I-476) north from Exit 20 Mid-County and south from Exit 44 Quakertown will experience intermittent slow-moving traffic paces and 15-minute stoppages during the removal and installation of utility lines across the Turnpike Saturday.
The bi-directional traffic restrictions will be conducted between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 a.m., conditions permitting.
Turnpike Maintenance personnel and Pennsylvania State Police will periodically stop motorists traveling northbound at milepost A23 and southbound at milepost A33 to begin a slow-moving traffic pace at 25mph, bringing traffic to a complete stop in advance of the overhead bridge that carries Bustard Road over I-476 at milepost A29.6.
Traffic entering the system at the Lansdale Interchange at Exit 31 will also be stopped on the acceleration ramp to southbound I-476.
The utility work will be performed by Henkels & McCoy, a contractor for PECO. Traffic paces and stoppages of up to 15 minutes are necessary to safely complete the work without jeopardizing motorist and worker safety. The work is weather permitting and the contractors schedule subject to change.
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.
Press release for TAP by Mimi Doyle, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission