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Reminder: NB I-81 Welcome Center in Franklin County to be Temporarily Closed Next Week


Energy efficient HVAC upgrades planned 

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reminding travelers that the northbound Interstate 81 Welcome Center, located about a mile north of the Maryland state line in Franklin County, will be closed next week, June 3-7, so the facility’s current heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can be replaced with an energy efficient system. 

The Welcome Center parking area also will be closed.

The next available rest area on northbound I-81 is located just north of Exit 37 (Route 233/Newville).

This work is a Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA) project, initiated by PennDOT and the Department of General Services in 2021. GESA projects upgrade heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting systems to improve energy efficiency in buildings and decrease growing energy costs. These upgrades significantly reduce energy usage which result in decreased utility spending.

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 local alerts on X. ​

Subscribe to PennDOT news and traffic alerts in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties at PennDOT District 8.

Information about infrastructure in District 8, including completed work and significant projects, is available at District 8 Results. Find PennDOT's planned and active construction projects at PennDOT Projects

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Contact: Dave Thompson,, 717-418-5018


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