pennDOT projects: Work on I-81 to be finished in April

Road work in Shippensburg

A contractor will finish work on a 10.5-mile section of I-81 in Cumberland County in April, according to PennDOT. The project extends from the bridge over Kutz Road in Penn Township to the bridge over Route 641 at Exit 49 in Carlisle. 

The contractor will perform seeding and cleanup activities during daylight hours through April 9. There will be shoulder closures in both directions daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A nighttime lane restriction will be in place from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. April 11-17. The contractor will repair pavement damaged by a vehicle fire on northbound I-81 just south of Exit 44.

This work is part of a $14,770,419 contract awarded to New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc., Bedford County. It includes on and off ramp resurfacing; roadway base replacement; full-width milling of the top layer of asphalt; resurfacing the interstate with a 2.5-inch Superpave warm mix asphalt overlay; new guide rail; median cable barrier; and installation of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) equipment such as a Dynamic Message Sign (DMS) along the northbound lanes at mile marker 26 and six closed-circuit television video cameras. 

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This section of I-81 averages more than 46,700 vehicles traveled daily.

Motorists should be alert for these operations, to obey work zone signs, and to slow down when approaching and traveling through work zones for their safety as well as for the safety of the road crews.

READ: St. Thomas Township: Bridge replacement beginning on US 30

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