The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is providing a mid- April update for its local interchange/Route 26 project in Centre County. The work zone is located along I-80 near the Bellefonte/161 interchange and can affect traffic flow on Interstate 80 and Route 26.
Motorists should anticipate the following the week of April 11:
Short-term restrictions/closures will be lifted by evening Thursday, April 14 due to the Easter holiday.
On Route 26, flaggers will be in the roadway to enforce an alternating traffic pattern as drainage work continues. Lane restrictions will be lifted by the end of the day each day.
I-80 eastbound will have a right lane closure with traffic pushed onto the new crossover lane Monday April 11 through Thursday, April 14
The I-80 eastbound work zone will be in its long-term configuration by the end of the day Thursday. The long-term configuration is: The left lane of I-80 eastbound will take the crossover to westbound, the right lane of eastbound will remain on eastbound and will be shifted to the right through the work zone. At the end of the work zone, the right lane will be shifted back to the left and the crossover lane will rejoin I-80 eastbound.
I-80 westbound is now in its long-term configuration for the summer with two lanes shifted to the right. The right lane rides on the outside shoulder and the left lane rides on what was the travel lane.
Rolling slow downs for blasting operations are possible later in the week.
Drivers should expect encounter travel delays—especially in the afternoon and evening hours on I-80 eastbound.
Pennsylvania State Police will assist with traffic control if necessary.
Work this season will include three miles of reconstruction on I-80 eastbound, completion of new ramps and connector road, completion of bridge structure, and reconstruction and improvements on a section of Route 26.
The I-80/Route 26 local interchange project is east of Bellefonte and is part of a long-awaited safety-improvement in Centre County. HRI, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $52 million project. Up-to-date information is available on the project page at www.penndot.pa.gov/jacksonvilleroad.
The local interchange project is the first phase of a three-phase project to build local access, a high-speed interchange connection between I-99 and I-80 and make improvements on Jacksonville road. In July 2018, the project was awarded an initial $35 million federal Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant. Completing all three phases will support the regional freight economy and improve the reliability of roadway travel throughout the region.
Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.
511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
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