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Expect Delays on Northeast Extension as 'Massive' Reconstruction Project Begins

A $198 million, six-mile reconstruction project from Mid-County to Lansdale starts this week.

Expect delays on the Northeast Extension between the Mid-County and Lansdale exits starting this week. 

That’s when the Pennsylvania Turnpike expects work to widen the Northeast Extension from four to six lanes will kick into high gear.

The "massive," $198 million, six-mile reconstruction project is expected to last approximately two and a half years with completion anticipated in late 2016, according to the turnpike commission.

The project is fully funded by toll revenues and includes nearly six miles of roadway and bridge reconstruction on I-476 starting south of Berks Road (milepost A25.4) to just north of the Lansdale Interchange (milepost A31.3)

Work includes removing all original pavement and replacing it with an entirely new roadway. Plus the existing, four-lane highway will be replaced with a six-lane highway that has full, 12-foot-wide shoulders. “All other facets of the highway will also be replaced including lighting, barriers and guide rail, noise barriers and retention walls, and drainage systems,” according to information from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

Carrying more than 65,000 cars a day, the section of I-476 between the Mid-County and Lansdale interchanges is the state’s heaviest-traveled, four-lane stretch of Pennsylvania Turnpike. Traffic volumes on this section are expected to reach more than 100,000 vehicles per day by 2030, according to the turnpike commission.

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