Portion of Turnpike to close at 9 a.m.

Officials will close an 86-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Thursday morning so workers can retrieve a tractor-trailer that went over an embankment during the weekend’s snow storm.

The westbound lanes will close for approximately three hours starting about 9 a.m. Thursday from Breezewood to New Stanton. Traffic will be detoured onto Interstates 70 and 68 to U.S. Route 119, where vehicles can re-enter the toll road at New Stanton.

Turnpike officials say the more than 100-mile detour is necessary because of the volume of traffic being re-routed.

The same eastbound stretch of turnpike had to be closed Sunday so crews could remove more than 500 snowbound vehicles from the westbound lanes.

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