The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists that the PA Turnpike will be closed eastbound only between the New Stanton,Exit#75, and Breezewood, Exit #161, interchanges starting at 11p.m. on Jan. 5 until approximately 6 a.m. on Jan. 6, weather permitting.
This seven-hour,eastbound-only closure is needed for crews to safely finish placing the steel bridge beams needed for the new North Center Avenue (S.R. 601) bridge which will carry traffic over the Turnpike at milepost 110 in Somerset County.
Eastbound traffic exiting the Turnpike at the New Stanton Interchange will be given this suggested detour:
U.S. Route 119 north (.02 miles) to PA Turnpike Route 66 north (14.2 miles) to U.S. Route 22 east (63.7 miles) to I-99 south (30.4 miles) to U.S. Route 30 east (18.3 miles). Traffic will reenter the PA Turnpike at the Breezewood Interchange.
Such an extensive detour is recommended because shorter alternate routes cannot safely accommodate the diverted traffic volumes or the commercial traffic.
Note: Motorists will be permitted to enter the Turnpike going eastbound at the Bedford Interchange, Exit # 146.