An 86 mile stretch of the PA Turnpike will be shut down for overnight bridge removal

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) will be shutting down a portion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike for construction.

The Turnpike closure will take place beginning at 11 p.m. on March 20 and ending at 6 a.m. on March 21.

The closure will affect both directions of an 86 mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike located between the New Stanton (Exit #75) and Breezewood (Exit #161) interchanges. 

The overnight closure will allow crews to remove the Country Ridge Road bridge located at  milepost 144.85 in Bedford Township.

The PTC suggests the following detours:

Westbound traffic:

Exit PA Turnpike at Breezewood

Follow US Route 30 West for 18.7 miles. 

Follow US Interstate 99 North for 30.1 miles.

Follow US Route 22 West for 64.5 miles.

Follow PA Toll Route 66 South for 13.9 miles. 

Enter PA Turnpike at New Stanton #75

Eastbound traffic:

Exit at New Stanton Interchange

Follow US Route 66 Business north for 0.2 miles. 

Follow PA Toll Route 66 north for 14.2 miles. 

Follow US Route 22 east for 63.7 miles. 

Follow Interstate 99 south for 30.4 miles. 

Follow US Route 30 east for 18.3 miles. 

Reenter PA Turnpike at Breezewood Interchange 

“The more than 100-mile detour is needed because shorter alternate routes cannot safely accommodate the diverted traffic volumes,” the PTC says.

Vehicles will be permitted to enter the turnpike at Somerset (Exit #110) and Donegal (Exit #91) interchanges and travel westbound. Vehicles will also be permitted to enter the turnpike at Bedford Interchange (Exit #146) and travel eastbound.

Drivers are warned to expect high traffic volume on the detour routes.

For the latest travel information from the PTC, click here.