Turnpike plans weekend detours between Harrisburg East, Lebanon-Lancaster

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Work to replace a Route 283 bridge will close a 19-mile section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike over the next two weekends.

The eastbound and westbound lanes of the Turnpike will be closed between the Harrisburg East and Lebanon-Lancaster interchanges from 12-3 a.m. this Sunday, and from 12-4 a.m. on Sunday, April 29. 

PennDOT and the Turnpike Commission said drivers heading east should take Exit 247 to I-283 North, to Route 322 East, to Route 72 South to return to the Turnpike at Exit 266.

Westbound drivers should take Exit 266 to Route 72 North, to Route 322 West, to I-283 South to return to Turnpike at Exit 247.

PennDOT spokesman Mike Crochunis said the early morning Sunday detours are needed to safely remove the existing bridge beams and then to install new bridge beams at milepost 251.

Crochunis said with Route 283 divided, the local lanes will have rolling stoppages during the same times.

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