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Section of Pa. Turnpike to be single-lane only this weekend

December 09, 2009

NEW STANTON, Pa. - Motorists on the Pennsylvania Turnpike mainline (Interstate 76) will encounter a continuous single-lane pattern eastbound and westbound between mileposts 46.5 and 50 this weekend, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced in a news release.

The single-lane pattern will be in effect from 8 p.m. Friday until Sunday afternoon, weather permitting, the release said.

The single-lane restriction is needed for the turnpike's contractor, Walsh Construction, to relocate temporary barrier and paint traffic lines associated with a westbound traffic switch onto the eastbound segment of the Allegheny River Bridge, the release said. After the traffic switch is complete, two lanes in each direction will be open to traffic on the eastbound segment of the Allegheny River Bridge.

Turnpike travelers may encounter slow-moving traffic approaching the Allegheny Valley Interchange (Exit 48) and one mile east and west of the exit, with possible delays during the late afternoon into early evening hours on Saturday, the turnpike commission advised.

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Information on traffic conditions can be obtained by calling 866-976-TRIP (8747) or by visiting the Travel Conditions Map on the turnpike's Web site, www.paturnpike.com.

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