65 miles of Pa. Turnpike to close for bridge work Saturday night

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Sixty-five miles of the Pennsylvania Turnpike is scheduled to close in both directions this weekend for a bridge demolition project.

The toll road will be closed between the Breezewood and Carlisle interchanges from 11 p.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Sunday, according to a Turnpike Commission news release.

Workers plan to demolish the Meadowbrook Road Bridge at milepost 220 near Carlisle, weather permitting.

The recommended detour for westbound motorists is to exit at Carlisle, take Route 11 north to I-81 south to Maryland, I-70 west to Route 30, and reenter the Turnpike at Breezewood.

The recommended detour for eastbound motorists is to exit at Breezewood, take Route 30 west to I-70 east, I-81 north to Route 11, and reenter at Carlisle.

It is estimated the detour will add about an hour of travel time and about 41 additional miles to the trip.

A Turnpike spokesman said alternate routes cannot safely accommodate the diverted volume of traffic.

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