Motorists in south-central Pennsylvania are informed that a weekend closure is planned for Interstate 83 northbound on the John Harris Memorial Bridge (South) spanning the Susquehanna River in the city of Harrisburg. Interstate 83 will be closed between Exit 41 (Lemoyne / Camp Hill) and Exit 43 (2nd Street).
This closure includes the 41B exit ramp from I-83 northbound to Lemoyne and the Lemoyne / Lowther Street ramp to I-83 northbound, according to a press release. Right turns from Ramp 6C on Route 581 easterly to Lowther Street easterly will be limited, although left turns and straight movements from the ramp are permitted.
The closure will allow district bridge maintenance contractor JD Eckman, Inc. of Atglen, Pa., To make permanent repairs to an expansion dam on the bridge, the statement said, which follows continues:
The closure will begin around 9 p.m. on October 15 and is expected to be lifted at 6 a.m. on October 18. In the event of bad weather, the work will be carried out at the same times from October 29 to November 1.
A detour will be in place for I-83 northbound traffic using PA 581 westbound, Interstate 81 northbound and Interstate 83 southbound. Additionally, a detour will be in place for Lowther Street ramp traffic using Lowther Street, I-83 southbound – take the South 10th Street ramp to Exit 40B (New Cumberland), in eastbound on Carlisle Road and Interstate 83 northbound. A detour will be set up for eastbound PA 581 traffic using Exit 6B (I-83 / York) to Exit 40B (New Cumberland), eastbound on Carlisle Road and Interstate 83 heading north.
To support and facilitate the aforementioned closures, motorists may experience lane restrictions and / or manual traffic control at the intersection of 3rd Street and Lowther Street in Lemoyne, as well as other intersections on along detour routes. Motorists can expect delays on Interstate 83 northbound, PA 581 eastbound, and detour routes. Alternative routes and / or travel times are encouraged to minimize delays.
The expansion dam (or expansion joint) on the bridge allows the bridge deck to expand and contract with changes in temperature and the movement of traffic over the deck, while preventing water from reaching and contracting. damage the elements of the bridge under the deck. A temporary repair was carried out earlier this year while the permanent repair project was being designed.
Additional repairs are planned in both directions on the bridge this winter and next spring.
Motorists can check conditions on major roads by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to over 1,000 speed cameras.
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