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PennDOT to Close, Detour Westbound Route 283 Ramp to Route 722 for One Month in East Hempfield Township, Lancaster County; 2-year project will widen State Road, replace bridges over Amtrak and Route 283.


Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that Monday night, July 8, its contractor will close the westbound Route 283 ramp to Route 722, State Road, and detour traffic for up to one month as interchange reconstruction work continues in East Hempfield Township, Lancaster County.

PennDOT advises motorists that starting at 9:00 PM Monday, July 8, the westbound Route 283 ramp to Route 722 will be closed for up to one month as the contractor completes preliminary drainage, basin, and slope work. PennDOT encourages travelers to seek alternate routes. The primary signed detour uses westbound Route 283 to the exit for Route 772 and Mount Joy/Manheim to return on eastbound Route 283 to Route 722 and State Road. However, many motorists may want to consider using the exit for Route 741 and East Petersburg to access northbound Route 722.

The $18,467,109 contract was awarded to New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc., of the Village of New Enterprise, Bedford County, and includes the widening and reconstruction of State Road through the Route 283 interchange under phased construction, replacement of the Route 722 bridge over Route 283 and the bridge that carries the municipally-owned section of State Road over the Amtrak railroad tracks, installation of drainage and storm water basins, reconstruction of the four interchange ramps, traffic signal work, and installation of new guiderail, signs and pavement markings. Nightwork under this construction contract began March 18. Work under this construction contract is scheduled to be completed in June 2021 when the final two-inch wearing course layer of Superpave asphalt will be paved.

Route 722, State Road traffic has been shifted to the west side of the roadway since April 10 using barrier and barrels to separate traffic from the work area within the Route 283 interchange for Landisville. A single lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction during daylight hours, however travelers should expect changing traffic patterns during overnight and pre-dawn operations. This section of Route 722 averages 13,000 vehicles traveled daily.

Route 283 averages nearly 60,000 vehicles traveled daily through this interchange.  To avoid delays, travelers should allow for additional time in their plans or seek an alternate route.

Travelers are reminded to be alert for these operations, to obey work zone signs, and to use caution when driving through work zones for their safety as well as for the safety of the road crews.

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