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New Update for April on Local Interchange Project


The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is providing a new 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 18:

Rolling slow-downs for blasting operations could cause delays on I-80 eastbound and I-80 westbound.

During night-time, I-80 eastbound will have a right lane closure with traffic pushed onto the new crossover lane Monday through Friday, this week and next. Night-time hours are 7:00 PM to 6:00 AM. 

During daytime, I-80 eastbound is in a long-term configuration as follows: 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. 

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.

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

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 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.

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