19-mile stretch of Pa. Turnpike to close this weekend

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A 19-mile section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be closed in both directions as construction crews make repairs on Nissey Road Bridge this weekend between the Harrisburg East Interchange and the Lebanon-Lancaster interchange.

Roads will be closed between the Harrisburg East Interchange and the Lebanon-Lancaster interchange beginning midnight until 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

According to a Turnpike Commission news release, the six and half-hour closure is needed to safely allow crews to install beams on the bridge that carries Nissley Road over the Turnpike in Lower Swatara Township, Dauphin County.

The recommended detour for westbound motorists is to exit at Lebanon-Lancaster Interchange; take State Route 72 north to U.S. Route 322 west to I-283 south; reenter Turnpike at Harrisburg East Interchange.

The recommended detour for eastbound motorists is to exit at Harrisburg East Interchange; take I-283 north to U.S. Route 322 east to State Route 72 south; reenter Turnpike at Lebanon-Lancaster Interchange.

Alternate-route cards will be available to exiting travelers.

The closure could be rescheduled due to weather conditions or other circumstances.

The Turnpike Commissions says all work on the Nissley Road Bridge replacement project is expected to be completed by November, with an estimated construction cost of $3.1 million.

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