Here's some good news for those who commute over the George Wade Bridge: the ramps from northbound Interstate 81 to Front Street in Harrisburg are scheduled to reopen to traffic early Friday.
PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny said the ramps should be available for commuters Friday morning.
The ramps have been closed since October 6. PennDOT initially said a detour would be in place for 40 days, but on November 19 announced additional concrete repair was needed.
Penny said the contractor will begin work to reopen the ramps at around 9 p.m. Thursday and expects to have them open by around 2 a.m. Friday.
The ramps will remain open over the winter season, but are scheduled to close again next April so that concrete repair work and a painting operation involving the ramps can be finished.
The work is part of a $36.5 million bridge rehabilitation project that began in October 2009 and is scheduled to be completed early next year.
The 40-year-old bridge carries six lanes of traffic and nearly 64,000 vehicles every day.
PennDOT also announced a new traffic pattern for southbound I-81 will take place on January 7.
The existing two lanes of southbound traffic across the southbound side of the bridge will be shifted to the right, allowing space for the contractor to work on the left portion of the southbound side of the bridge, Penny said.
There will be no changes to the existing southbound express lane.