Turnpike closing for bridge removal
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists that the turnpike will be closed in both directions between the New Stanton and Breezewood interchanges starting at 11 p.m. on Saturday until approximately 6 a.m. on Sunday, weather permitting.
This seven-hour closure is needed for crews to safely remove the original bridge that carried traffic on North Center Avenue over the turnpike at milepost 110 in Somerset. Traffic on North Center is using a temporary bridge that spans the turnpike until a permanent, overhead bridge is built.
Motorists at New Stanton and Breezewood interchanges should take these recommended detours:
Eastbound traffic will be exiting the turnpike at the New Stanton Interchange. Drivers are recommended to take: Route 119 north (.02 miles) to turnpike Route 66 north (14.2 miles) to Route 22 East (63.7 miles) to I-99 South (30.4 miles) to Route 30 east (18.3 miles.) Traffic will re-enter the turnpike at the Breezewood Interchange.
Westbound traffic will be exiting the turnpike at the Breezewood Interchange. Drivers are recommended to take: Route 30 west (18.7 miles) to I-99 North (30.1 miles) to Route 22 west (64.5 miles) to turnpike 66 South (13.9.) Drivers will re-enter the turnpike at the New Stanton Interchange.
Such an extensive detour is recommended because shorter alternate routes cannot safely accommodate the diverted traffic volumes or the commercial traffic.
Motorists will be permitted to enter the turnpike going eastbound at the Bedford Interchange, exit 146, and motorists may enter the turnpike going westbound at the Somerset Interchange, exit 110, and also at the Donegal Interchange, exit 91.