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I-79 Rest Area Closures Extended in Lawrence County


​Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is announcing the closures of the northbound and southbound I-79 rest areas in Plain Grove Township, Lawrence County have been extended through Friday, October 20.

The northbound rest area, which closed to traffic on June 12, and the southbound rest area, which closed to traffic August 7, will both remain closed around-the-clock through Friday, October 20. Both rest areas have been closed for improvement work, drainage and sign work, and other miscellaneous construction activities. There will be no access to these rest areas.

Motorists may choose to utilize the following rest areas:


  • I-79 (Mile Marker 50) Rest Area, Allegheny County

  • I-79 (Mile Marker 134) Rest Area, Mercer County


  • I-79 (Mile Marker 136) Rest Area, Mercer County

  • I-79 (Mile Marker 51) Rest Area, Allegheny County

This work is part of the $11.62 million project along I-79 from Butler County to Mercer County. Work includes milling and resurfacing, base repair work, rest area improvements, guide rail upgrades, drainage improvements, minor structure repairs and other miscellaneous construction work. Short and long-term single-lane restrictions, as well as rest area closures are anticipated. The project is expected to conclude summer 2024. Lindy Paving, Inc. is the prime contractor.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, 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.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional X alerts.

Contact: Nicole Haney, 412-429-5011

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