Last updated: May 09. 2014 1:45PM - 1840 Views
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The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission cautions motorists that a 13-mile stretch of the Northeastern Extension (I-476) will be closed in both directions for six hours on Sunday between Lansdale (Exit #31) and Quakertown (Exit #44).

The road will be closed so crews can remove steel beams from the bridge that carries Ridge Road (State Route 563) over the Turnpike at milepost A37.4 in Salford Township, Montgomery County.

At 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, southbound traffic will be diverted off at the Quakertown Interchange and northbound at the Lansdale Interchange. Motorists wishing to travel north from the Mid-County Interchange or the east/west Turnpike mainline will be directed to exit I-476 at Lansdale.

The Northeastern Extension will reopen to traffic by 6 a.m.

Prior to the shutdown, motorists should be prepared for the right lane to be closed in both directions between milepost A35 – A39 at 8 p.m. on Saturday. The speed limit will be posted at 40 mph until the single-lane patterns are lifted Sunday morning. Turnpike officials say construction-zone speed limits are enforceable and fines will be doubled.

Pennsylvania State Police and Turnpike personnel will be positioned at the Lansdale and Quakertown interchanges to assist motorists. Motorists can tune to radio 1640 AM for detour information and traffic conditions or call the Turnpike Roadway Information line at 866-976-8747.

For more information visit the project website: www.paturnpike.com/constructionprojects/mpA31toA38. In case of inclement weather, the closure will be rescheduled for May 17-18 with times and detours still applicable.


• Traveling southbound on I-476 — Exit at Quakertown Interchange (Exit #44). Take State Route 663 north (John Fries Hwy.) to Route 309 south to State Route 63 west (Sumneytown Pike) to reenter the Turnpike at the Lansdale Interchange (Exit #31) to continue southbound on I-476.

• Traveling northbound on I-476 — Exit at Lansdale Interchange (Exit #31). Take State Route 63 east (Sumneytown Pike) to Route 309 north to State Route 663 west (John Fries Hwy.) to reenter the Turnpike at the Quakertown Interchange (Exit #44) to continue northbound on I-476.

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