PennDOT: Route 22 reopens, I-81 closed until Tuesday - abc27 WHTM

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PennDOT: Route 22 reopens, I-81 closed until Tuesday

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I-81 will be closed at the exit 67 exchange until Tuesday, PennDOT officials said.

Crews worked around the clock all weekend to remove huge chunks of the burnt-out Route 22/322 inbound bridge.

In order to keep drivers safe during the demolition, 81 has to stay closed until it is done. PennDOT officials said the highway should re-open in time for the Tuesday morning commute.

"We certainly have full attention on this incident and have gathered up the proper resources that we needed here to address and recover from the accident," said Mike Keiser, District 8 Executive for PennDOT.

As for the I-81 North exit bridge that leads to Route 22/322, it will remain closed for two to three months. Demolition on that bridge has yet to begin. PennDOT officials said when it does, traffic on I-81 will still flow.

"We get in there and we shield underneath so that work can take place without the concern of debris from the demolition coming down on the highway," Keiser said.

There is good news for people who commute to Harrisburg on Route 22/322. They can drive straight into Harrisburg now, but should expect delays. One lane of traffic now flows into Harrisburg, and one lane flows out. PennDOT officials said that traffic pattern will be in effect for two to three months.

"I'm going to continue to ask for some patience from the commuters and those that travel the roads here in Pennsylvania," said Keiser.

After all of the demolition work is finished, the bridges have to be re-built. PennDOT officials said when that happens, there will be some closures and restrictions on I-81, but those will not last for extended periods of time or happen during peak travel hours.

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