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100 mile detour planned for Pennsylvania Turnpike this weekend

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) is warning drivers of a major weekend closure to allow crews to remove a crashed trailer.

Starting at 11 p.m. on May 6, 86 miles of eastbound I-70/76 will be closed between the New Stanton (Exit 75) and Breezewood (Exit 161) interchanges.

The PTC says that the closure will allow crews to remove a trailer that crashed in the eastbound lanes at mile marker 125.5, Somerset County, on January 11 inside of a construction zone.

The closure is expected to last until 6 a.m. on May 7.

The PTC will implement a 100 mile detour route to accommodate traffic during the closure. Drivers should expect heavy traffic on the detour route.

  • Exit at the New Stanton Interchange and follow U.S. Route 119/PA Turnpike Route 66 (0.2 miles). 
  • Follow PA Turnpike Route 66 north (14.2 miles). 
  • Follow U.S. Route 22 east (63.7 miles). 
  • Follow I-99 south (30.4 miles). 
  • Follow U.S. Route 30 east (18.3 miles).
  • Reenter the PA Turnpike at the Breezewood Interchange.

Vehicles will be permitted to enter the Turnpike at the Bedford Interchange (Exit 146) and travel eastbound during this closure. All westbound traffic is permitted in the corridor during the eastbound closure, the PTC says.

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