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PennDOT Notes Changes to Local Interchange Project Schedule


Bellefonte, PA – As work on the local interchange/Route 26 project in Centre County continues, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) noted changes to the project schedule it announced Friday. Work scheduled for the week of September 26 will now proceed as follows:

Interstate 80 eastbound:

  • The through lane on I-80 eastbound closed at 7:00 AM today, September 26, and will remain closed around the clock until 5:00 PM Thursday, September 29. All traffic will use the crossover, with eastbound traffic proceeding in a single lane.

Interstate 80 westbound:

  • The right lane on I-80 westbound will close at 7:00 AM tomorrow, September 27, and remain closed until noon. This closure is to facilitate emergency guide rail replacement. Once completed, I-80 westbound will return to its long-term configuration with all lanes shifted right. In this configuration, the shoulder functions as the travel lane and the travel lane as the passing lane.

Route 26:

  • Route 26 is now in a long-term configuration with two 10-foot lanes open through the work zone. Work is occurring behind concrete barrier. PennDOT urges drivers to watch for temporary driveways and construction vehicles throughout the work zone.

Work scheduled through 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 improve 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.

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