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A 12.3-mile I-81 resurfacing project is expected to resume Tuesday night in Cumberland County.

A temporary barrier will be installed Wednesday and Thursday nights. Crews will work weekly after that from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays until the project is finished. Lane closures will be implemented during night work. Those closures won’t exceed four miles at a time.

The contractor also will perform barrier and parapet work daily from approximately 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be no traffic restrictions during this daytime work.

Pavement preservation work begins during nighttime hours once other work is completed.

This is a pavement preservation project. It includes milling, resurfacing, base repairs, concrete patching, guiderail upgrades, pavement markings, and minor bridge work.

The project affects I-81 from the Franklin County line in Shippensburg Township north to the Kutz Road bridge in Penn Township.

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Project to be completed in fall 2022

Last fall, the contractor performed pavement patching and crack repairs as part of this project. The project is expected to be completed by October 2022.

New Enterprise Stone and Lime Company, Inc., is the prime contractor on this $26.48 million project.

Normal highway and bridge construction projects remain paused as part of the commonwealth’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The I-81 project is part of critical work needed to eliminate roadway restrictions that could impede the ability for the movement of life sustaining goods and services.

For more information on this year’s projects, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit

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