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More weekend construction on I-81

Updated: Monday, August 26 2013, 05:58 PM CDT
Reported by Jesse Knutson (JKnutson@sbgtv.com)

A portion of Interstate 81 Northbound will be closed in the Harrisburg area overnight as crews work to repair the overpass that was damaged in a tanker fire back in May. The Southbound 81 ramp to Eastbound 22 will also be closed.
 
If you're out between midnight and 5 A.M., were going to have closures on Northbound 81, as well the ramp coming southbound that heads into the city, Fritzi Schreffler, a PennDOT Spokesperson, said. Theyll be closed tonight, they can be closed tomorrow night if they need it, and we could be closed Monday night into Tuesday night if we need it, but again, over the overnight hours.
 
The construction will be done overnight to have the smallest impact on regular traffic routes as possible.
 
A detour will be set in place, taking drivers on I-81 north to eastbound Route 22 on Cameron Street towards Harrisburg. The traffic will then be sent down Elmerton Avenue where cars will pick up North Progress Avenue. They can then re-enter northbound 81 and continue traveling on the interstate.
 
The purpose for that is were going to be placing some large steel beams to try and finish the main structure that we need for the bridge, Schreffler said, adding that there will be 6 beams put in place during this work stint. Obviously, safety is utmost, so we dont want anyone traveling under that while were doing that work.
 
Schreffler said these closures should be the last major closures as a result of the tanker fire, but there still might be some intermittent closures. We may need to do some single lane closures just because of some work being done on the sides, but this is really the big meat of this project.
 
PennDOT says because the weather has been cooperating over the summer, they are currently on schedule to finish the project by mid-November. More weekend construction on I-81


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