PennDOT: crews making progress on I-81 overpass

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Demolition is underway to remove the eastbound Route 22 bridge from over Interstate 81 following Thursday's fiery crash that shut down the interstate indefinitely.

The first section of this bridge was removed at around 8:40 Saturday morning. PennDOT said removal of the bridge from over I-81 is critical in making conditions safe for allowing traffic underneath.

The contractor is working around the clock to make this happen by Tuesday, if not earlier, PennDOT spokesperson Greg Penny said. More on the status of this progress will be made available at a press conference Sunday afternoon.

In addition to demolition of the eastbound Route 22 bridge, work is underway on restoring the eastbound Route 22 traffic connection to Harrisburg. A separate contractor is building median crossovers to take a single lane of eastbound traffic onto the westbound roadway, over the westbound bridge, and then back onto the eastbound roadway toward the City of Harrisburg.

When completed, there will be one lane available in each direction for traffic through the I-81/Exit 67 interchange. Rainy weather is the main factor affecting the progress of this work, especially the asphalt paving, Penny said.

Travel conditions remain unchanged since Friday.

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