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Part of NE Ext. of Turnpike will close Sun to remove bridge beams

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 01 2013 12:27:23 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 01 2013 01:37:16 PM CST
LANSDALE, Pa. -

If you're heading south on the Northeast Extension of the Pa. Turnpike Sunday, you may need to take a detour in Montgomery County.

Turnpike officials said an 11-mile stretch of I-476 will be closed in both directions for six hours on Sunday, between Lansdale (Exit 31) and Mid-County (Exit 20).

Closing the turnpike is necessary to allow construction crews to safely removeĀ  steel girders from the Sunmeytown Pike/Rt. 63 bridge over the turnpike at mile marker 30.6 in Towamensin Twp., Montgomery Co.

To prepare for the closure, southbound motorists will be diverted off at the Lansdale exit starting at 12:01 a.m. Sunday and northbound motorists will be directed to exit at I-276 at the Fort Washington interchange and back on at Lansdale exit.

One lane in each direction should be reopened by 6 a.m. Sunday.

You can find complete detour information at the PA Turnpike website. Motorists can also tune into 1640 AM on their radio for detour information and traffic conditions, or call the Turnpike Roadway Information line at 866-976-8747.