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Interstate 81 roadwork in Franklin County to restrict lanes this week

September 08, 2008

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is advising motorists of lane restrictions on Interstate 81 in Franklin County this week. 

Weather-permitting, beginning Wednesday and continuing through Friday, from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m., there will be nighttime and early-morning single-lane traffic restrictions as crews replace traffic loop detectors in the northbound and southbound lanes of I-81 and paint traffic lines on the on- and-off ramps from the Maryland state line to mile marker 6.5 north of Greencastle, Pa.

This section of I-81 averages 24,000 to 26,000 vehicles in each direction per day, according to PennDOT. Motorists might want to adjust their travel schedule or seek alternate routes to avoid delays.

This work is part of an overall repair and resurfacing project scheduled to be completed by the end of October. PennDOT has contracted with Valley Quarries Inc. of Chambersburg to conduct the highway-improvement project on a six-mile stretch of I-81 at a cost of $4,873,273. The project consists of concrete patching, milling, resurfacing the highway, replacement of guardrails and raised pavement markers, and line painting.

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On Wednesday, from 7:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., there will be nighttime and early-morning single-lane restrictions in the northbound and southbound lanes of I-81 near the Maryland state line as a crew removes the temporary barrier from the base of the Mason-Dixon Road overpass and repaints traffic lines in the area of exit 1 in Antrim Township. On average, 25,000 vehicles travel this stretch of I-81 in each direction daily, according to PennDOT.

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