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I-283 work to begin Sunday

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A $5.6 million project to improve Interstate 283 is scheduled to begin Sunday night.

The interstate will be patched and paved from the Pennsylvania Turnpike to the Eisenhower Interchange.

According to a PennDOT news release, the paving project will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. and will include periodic short-term lane closures before it wraps up by May 2015.

PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch said the project is the first crucial step to beginning a long list of improvements to Interstate 83 that were delayed for 10 years due to a lack of transportation funding.

"We've had plans to improve the I-83 corridor for a decade, but they were collecting dust because we simply could not pay for the work," Schoch said in a news release. "With the transportation plan that Governor Corbett signed, we can not only meet our basic transportation needs, but we'll also finally make these projects a reality."

Schoch said the transportation plan will bring about $800 million in significant I-83 corridor projects over the next 10 years, including the widening of I-83 between Union Deposit Road and I-81, the reconstruction of the Eisenhower Interchange, and the widening of I-83 between the Eisenhower Interchange and the South Bridge over the Susquehanna River.

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