I-81 work will have major impact on traffic

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Pavement repair work this weekend will have a major impact on northbound Interstate 81 in Antrim Township between Exits 1 and 3 as well as U.S. 11, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, both northbound lanes will be closed near the Pennsylvania Welcome Center. The work is expected to end by 6 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20, if not sooner, according to a news release from the PennDOT.

On I-81, traffic will be limited to a single lane which will bypass the work by going through the welcome center parking lot. The welcome center will be closed.

There also will be a detour using Route 163 (Mason-Dixon Road) to U.S. 11 in State Line. Drivers using this route will return to I-81 at Exit 3 south of Greencastle.

In addition, trucks coming from West Virginia and Maryland are encouraged to bypass the construction work via Interstate 70 near Hagerstown.

I-81 is being closed so construction crews can remove damaged concrete slabs and replace them with new concrete and resurface with blacktop overlay.

If it rains, the repair will be postponed to the following weekend, Aug. 24 to 27.

The work will be done by New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co.

Motorists can also check traffic conditions by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 850 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website. 

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