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Gusty winds delay bridge work on I-83 - abc27 WHTM

Gusty winds delay bridge work on I-83

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LEMOYNE, Pa. (WHTM) -

A section of Interstate 83 in Cumberland County may be closed again tonight so that work can continue on the Lowther Street Bridge replacement in Lemoyne.

PennDOT spokesman Mike Crochunis said the setting of the remaining bridge beams was canceled late Tuesday because gusty winds made it unsafe to proceed.

Crochunis said the contractor has rescheduled closing I-83 for Wednesday night, but heavy winds currently in the forecast may postpone the work until Thursday night.

When the weather allows, drivers on I-83 and Route 581 will first encounter a single-lane restriction in each direction at 9 p.m. followed by an overnight detour between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

I-83 North will be directed off at Brandt Avenue, turn right onto Lowther Street through Lemoyne back to I-83 North. I-83 North traffic headed to Route 581 West will also follow Brandt Avenue to Lowther Street and continue on I-83 North across the Susquehanna River into Harrisburg and be directed off at Exit 44-A for 13th Street to I-83 South back across the Susquehanna River to Route 581 West.

I-83 South will be directed off at Exit 42 for Lemoyne follow Lowther Street over the interstate, turn left at 10th Street and back to I-83 South.

Route 581 East traffic headed to I-83 South will be directed to I-83 North to Exit 41-B for Highland Park, turn right onto Lowther Street through Lemoyne over the interstate and turn left at 10th Street to I-83 South.

The work is part of a nearly $8 million project to build a new two-span bridge large enough for four lanes of the interstate, as well as three ramps underneath, to eliminate the bottleneck on I-83 North approaching Harrisburg.

Traffic on Lowther Street is currently using a temporary bridge to cross I-83.

PennDOT expects the work to wrap up by the end of May.

 

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