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Northeast Extension of Pa. Turnpike to be closed for part of weekend

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said the temporary closure of the Northeast Extension between the Lehigh Valley and Quakertown exits Sunday, April 14, is so crews can safely remove overhead bridge beams.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Construction work on an overhead bridge will necessitate the closing of a portion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Northeast Extension on Sunday.

The stretch of road between the Lehigh Valley Interchange (Exit 56) in Lehigh County and the Quakertown Interchange (Exit 44) in Bucks County will be closed in the northbound and southbound lanes from 12:01 a.m. until 6 a.m. Sunday.

The closure is necessary for the protection of motorists and workers so crews can safely remove overhead bridge beams.

The bridge, which carries Indian Creek Road over the turnpike, crosses I-476 at milepost A52.3 in Lehigh County.

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Bridge construction work will necessitate the closing of the Northeast Extension of the PA Turnpike, between the Quakertown and Lehigh Valley interchanges on Sunday.

Detour information is listed below:

Northbound Detour

Exit at the Quakertown Interchange, Exit 44. Take State Rt. 663 North to State Rt. 309 North to Interstate 78 West, then to State Rt. 309 North.

Follow U.S. Rt. 22 West or Tilghman Street West. Re-enter the Turnpike at the Lehigh Valley Interchange, Exit 56.

Southbound Detour

Exit at the Lehigh Valley Interchange, Exit 56. Take U.S. Rt. 22 East to State Rt. 309 South to Interstate 78 East. Then follow State Rt. 309 South to State Rt. 663 South. Re-enter the turnpike at the Quakertown Interchange, Exit 44.

During the road closure, the northbound and southbound entry and exit ramps will be closed to all traffic at the Allentown Service Plaza.

Visitors who do not exit the service plaza prior to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 will have to remain in the service plaza until the work is completed and the ramps are reopened to traffic.

The Allentown Service Plaza is located on I-476 Northbound and Southbound at milepost 55.9 in Lehigh County.

Pennsylvania State Police and turnpike personnel will be positioned at the impacted areas to assist drivers.

Digital message signs will also provide information on this closure. Motorists are encouraged to plan travel accordingly. Work schedules are subject to change based on weather conditions.

To report an accident or other emergency on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 via mobile phone.

To learn more about turnpike conditions:

On the turnpike:

  • 511PA Smartphone App: real-time, hands-free PA traffic advisories.
  • Digital Message Signs: more than 200 boards along the turnpike.

On the Internet:

  • 511/511pa.com: live, interactive map
  • Twitter: @PATurnpikeAlert

On a smartphone:

  • 511: dial from any PA roadway for local travel information
  • Pennsylvania Turnpike Customer Assistance Center: 877-736-6727, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.