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I-81 N. Front Street ramp to remain closed until late December - abc27 WHTM

I-81 N. Front Street ramp to remain closed until late December

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

The Front Street exit off of I-81 northbound in Harrisburg will remain closed until just before Christmas, PennDOT announced Monday.

When the road closed in October, PennDOT said the detour would be in place for 40 days. Under the new timeframe, it will be about another 30 days it's open again.

"Construction and inspection crews have determined, however, that additional concrete repair work should be done to the substructure," said PennDOT Community Relations Coordinator Greg Penny.

"The contractor is taking advantage of favorable weather conditions to continue concrete repairs to the substructure of the ramps and also to continue the paint operation," he said.

If weather conditions worsen in December, the ramps will reopen sooner.

Penny said "the concrete repair work is extensive, and the contractor will need to return in the spring to close the ramps again and complete the work."

The work is part of a $36.5 million bridge rehabilitation project that began in October 2009 and is scheduled to be completed in early 2013. The nearly 40-year-old bridge carries six lanes of traffic and nearly 64,000 vehicles everyday.

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