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PennDOT Issues End-of-Month Update for Local Interchange Project


As work continues on the local interchange/Route 26 project in Centre County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is providing an end-of-June update for the job. 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 June 27:

Interstate 80 eastbound:

During daylight hours, I-80 eastbound is in a long-term configuration that sees traffic in the left lane using the crossover to I-80 westbound. Traffic in the travel lane remains on I-80 eastbound and will be shifted onto the shoulder while passing through the work zone. When exiting the work zone, traffic on the shoulder will return to the travel lane and traffic from the crossover will rejoin I-80 eastbound in the left lane.

Eastbound work will continue as follows: Overnight Sunday, June 26, overnight Monday, June 27, overnight Wednesday, June 29, during the day Thursday, June 30 and overnight Thursday, June 30, all traffic will be placed into a single lane and directed onto the new crossover at mile marker 162. Overnight hours are 7:00 PM to 6:00 AM. PennDOT advises motorists to anticipate delays. Daylight hours are 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Travel delays should be expected. 

On Tuesday night, June 28 into Wednesday, June 29, the crossover will be closed for a deck pour. All traffic will remain in a single lane formation using the right/travel lane/shoulder. Travel delays should be expected.

Interstate 80 westbound:

I-80 westbound is now in its long-term configuration for the summer with two lanes shifted to the right. The right (travel) lane rides on the outside shoulder and the left (passing) lane rides on what was the travel lane.

On Route 26, about a mile east of the KOA campground, flaggers will be in the roadway to enforce an alternating traffic pattern as drainage work and roadway widening continues. Lane restrictions will be lifted by the end of the day each day.

Work scheduled for this season includes three miles of reconstruction on I-80 eastbound, building new ramps and a connector road, completing a bridge structure, and reconstructing and improving 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.

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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