Busy on-ramp to 283 East closed for up to eight months


LANDISVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – Landscaper Trey Herr understands attention to detail, but when it comes to state road work, he says the “details” often take too long to come to life. 

“It’s gonna be a headache for, whoever knows how long it’s gonna be,” said Herr. “There’s not enough to hold the flow of traffic that comes through here. I mean, we’re already backed up and it’s 5 o’clock.”

PennDOT’s $18.4-million project will widen State Road, or Route 722, replace the bridge that carries it over Route 283, and improve the access ramps, starting with the on-ramp that feeds onto 283 East from State Road.

An estimated 13,000 cars a day travel in that stretch of the road.

“Really, what that’s for is to create a safe work zone, not only for our workers but also for the travelers through the area,” said Mike Crochunis, a PennDOT Spokesperson. 

Crochunis says other ramps will close at later dates as the entire interchange is overhauled. 

“Just because of growth and development through the area, and there’s just been an increase in traffic and everything is very congested,” said Crochunis. 

That congestion is a reality Stanley Olkowski knows all too well. 

“My wife and I both use this road almost every day. We no longer use it. It just takes too much time,” said Olkowski. 

He says he worked in heavy construction for years, and while he’s glad PennDOT is making changes, Olkowski thinks 260 days is too long. 

“The construction work should be faster, quicker, considering the technology we have today you should be able to get it done much faster,” said Olkowski. 

There is a detour posted that redirects drivers to Harrisburg Pike to get around the closure.

PennDOT estimates that construction at that interchange will be present in various capacities until June 2021.

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