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Schuylkill Co - I-81 Ongoing Bridge Project

Published On: Mar 18 2014 02:25:16 PM CDT

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced long term lane restrictions will return on Interstate 81 for an ongoing project to replace or rehabilitate 15 structures between exits 134 (Delano) and 138 (PA 309) in Delano and Kline townships, Schuylkill County.

The project includes preservation and rehabilitation work to 10 structures and the full replacement of five structures on I-81.

On Tuesday, March 18 the contractor will implement a long term 24-hour single lane pattern on I-81 south between exits 134 and 138. On Wednesday (possibly Thursday if there is inclement weather on Wednesday) the contractor will implement a long term 24-hour single lane pattern on the same section of I-81 north. Then on Monday (March 24) I-81 northbound traffic will be shifted to the southbound side via a crossover, with both I-81 north and south remaining in a long term 24-hour single lane pattern. This single lane traffic pattern will be in effect for approximately seven months on I-81 north and south between exits 134 and 138.

On Monday access from I-81 north and south to PA 309 north (Exit 138) is scheduled to close for approximately seven months. During the closure the posted detour will route traffic to Exit 141 (PA 424) to use PA 424/Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Beltway to access PA 309 north.

Also on Monday all PA 309 north traffic wishing to access I-81 at Exit 138 will be detoured to a temporary signalized intersection to use the PA 309 south ramp to I-81.

The project began on Sept. 24, 2012 and is anticipated to be complete in March 2015. All schedules are subject to change and motorists are advised to allow for extra time when traveling through the area.

Allan A. Meyers, LP of Worcester, Pa. is the general contractor on the $26,076,582 project.

This section of Interstate 81 has an average daily traffic volume of 12,337 vehicles northbound and 12,078 vehicles southbound.